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Robben prefers 'nice' Bayern to Mourinho negativity

Champions League 2010 final: Inter Milan v Bayern Munich
Estadio Santiago Bernabeu, Madrid Kick-off: Saturday, 1945 BST
Coverage: BBC Radio 5 Live, BBC World Service and ITV1

Bayern Munich's Arjen Robben
Robben is Bayern's top scorer in his first season at the club

Bayern Munich's Arjen Robben says his former Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho is only interested in winning and does not care about his teams' style of play.

Robben faces his old manager when Munich play Mourinho's Inter Milan in Saturday's Champions League final.

"He puts out a winning team, it doesn't matter if it's done with nice football or not," winger Robben told BBC Sport.

"The philosophy at Bayern is the coach [Louis van Gaal] wants to win games by playing nice football."

Speaking in a Radio 5 live special to be broadcast on Thursday, the 26-year-old added: "As a player you want to play and enjoy the game, that's also an important part."

After failing to get past the knockout stage in the last two years, Mourinho has taken Inter to their first European Cup final since 1972.

They clinched their place in the final with a 3-2 aggregate semi-final win over defending champions Barcelona, winning the first leg in Milan 3-1 and then putting on an ultra-defensive display in the second leg, where they lost 1-0.

But Mourinho defended and justified Inter's tactics in the game at the Camp Nou.

"We won the tie in Barcelona, but everyone talks about Barcelona winning [the second leg] and says we parked the bus in front of the goal. We didn't park the bus, we parked the airplane," he said.

Robben spent three years working with the self-styled 'Special One' at Stamford Bridge, before joining Real Madrid, whose Bernabeu stadium is the venue for Saturday's final, and also widely rumoured to be Mourinho's next club if he leaves Inter in the summer.

And although the Dutch winger is full of respect for the Portuguese coach, he said his win-at-all-costs approach was one of the things that led to him leaving Chelsea.

"I was working with him three years at Chelsea. It was a successful time, he's a big personality and as a coach of a top team you need to be," stated Robben.


"He knew how to work with big players and put them together and let them work together.

"He certainly knew what he was talking about and had the respect of every single player.

"But we started to play more in this diamond without wingers, which is not good for me. The system changed a bit so I made my decision and left."

Brian Alexander presents "Jose's Journey" plus "Typical Germans", assessing the strengths of Bayern Munich and the Bundesliga, on Radio 5 live from 1900 BST on Thursday, 20 May.

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