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Ribery accepts new strategy Van Gaal

SoccerNews in Bundesliga 26 Aug 2009

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Franck Ribery will play at the position behind the strikers, if his coach Louis van Gaal wants him to.

The French star of Bayern Munich prefers the position on the left side of the midfield but he is prepared to try the role of playmaker if Van Gaal wants him to.

“I’ll give it a try and we`ll see how it works out,’’ the French international said to German paper Bild. Ribery prefers to play as left midfielder: “At that position I don’t have to face a direct opponent and it allows me to produce dangerous passes from the flank.“

Although Bayern’s superstar prefers an other position he recognizes the advantages of his new role: “A central position will give me more opportunities to distinguish myself and as an attacking midfielder I will be able to score more goals.“

Ribery also said that last summer was very heavy for him due to his injuries and his possible transfer to Real Madrid. The critics from Bayern’s president Franz Beckenbauer damaged him a lot.

`Der Kaiser` said that Ribery, as a Frenchman, doesn’t care about Bayern Munich.

“What the president said about me, has really hurt me,“ the 26-year-old midfielder said.

Without its best player, Bayern Munich is on its way to match a negative club record that goes back for over 40 years. The `Rekordmeister` wasn’t able to win one of the three matches they played this season.

That only happened once before: in 1966/67 the South-Germans also weren’t able to win one of their first three matches.

If Van Gaal and his players won’t be able to keep the three points at home against reigning champion Wolfsburg next Saturday, that will be a new club record. For what’s it worth.

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