Barcelona legend Hristo Stoichkov launched an astonishing attack on Louis van Gaal, calling his former boss “d *** head”.
The pair worked together during van Gaal’s first visit as Barcelona director from 1997-2000, although Stoichkov left after only one playing season under the Dutchman.
Stoichkov said he was one of the “many who suffered” while working with van Gaal, who then returned to the Nou camp from 2002 to 2003.
Meanwhile, van Gaal had talented Argentinian midfielder Juan Roman Riquelme on his team, but he too only lasted a year after failing to impress with a Barça shirt.
Stoichkov said Impact Radio : “Why didn’t Riquelme triumph at Barça? Because he had an ad *** like Van Gaal as a coach.
“It’s clear, right?
“He didn’t succeed because of the way Van Gaal put him on the pitch. But even so, the first year in Barcelona, he also really appreciated.
“I appreciated his goals, assists, games, strides, but when you come who wants to invent one thing from another, it is impossible.
“He [van Gaal] has done good things that need to be recognized but many have suffered in football because of its nonsense. “
Stoichkov was entering his second visit to Barcelona when van Gaal arrived in 1997.
The Bulgarian striker was one of the key figures in Johan Cruyff’s winning teams, winning the Ballon d’Or before a year in Italy with Parma.
But he failed to agree with van Gaal, and left shortly after.
“I suffered it,” added Stoichkov. “He walked into the locker room and said there was a lot of Cruyffism.
“And of course, I thought,” Where’s Johan and where are you? There was a big difference. “
Van Gaal had signed the aforementioned Riquelme to replace the Brazilian superstar Rivaldo, whom he released on the basis of a free transfer, although the attacker still has a year on his contract.
Upon leaving, Rivaldo said, “Van Gaal is the main reason for my departure. I don’t like Van Gaal, and I’m sure he doesn’t like me either.”
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