Monday November 22 2010
Van Gaal ready for cautious Roma

Bayern Munich boss Louis Van Gaal is expecting Roma to adopt the same tactics as they did during their first Champions League meeting this term.

The Germans won that game 2-0 in a tie which saw Claudio Ranieri criticised for his cautious tactics.

And although Roma need the points and are at home tomorrow night, the Dutchman believes he knows what to expect.

"I don't think they will play differently to the way they did in Munich," he noted. "I expect the same tactics, but possibly with different players who will perform better.

"After tonight's training session I will be showing my players a recording of that game," he added.

"It's not the type of football that I like, but that is not to say that you can't win things and achieve great results by playing that way.

"I'm happy that Roma are doing well because I like Ranieri."

An already qualified Bayern need just a point to ensure that they win the group, but Van Gaal also wants to impress after domestic struggles.

"We want to perform well and that won't be easy against a Roma side who are improving," the former Barcelona boss added.

"The game tomorrow is important for our self belief, to help us grow in confidence for our Bundesliga campaign."

Turning to Roma captain Francesco Totti, who he was inevitably questioned on, Van Gaal didn't seem too bothered.

"I don't know if he will play tomorrow or not, but that isn't important," he noted. "I'm not interested in that as it isn't my problem."

Bayern captain Philipp Lahm was a little more complimentary about the Roma talisman ahead of the Olimpico clash.

"He is still a great player," said the defender. "He can shoot with either foot and can resolve a game in an instant, even with just a free-kick.

"But we can't just be aware of Totti as all of Roma are doing well right now. But we have to guarantee top spot in the group as soon as possible."

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