Bayern Munich boss Louis van Gaal insists not even success in the Champions League would reverse last week’s decision for him to leave the club at the end of the season.
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Bayern announced last Monday the Dutchman would be leaving by mutual consent in the summer after a disappointing season in which they have failed to build on last year’s Bundesliga and DFB-Pokal Double.
The Champions League represents their only realistic chance of silverware but Van Gaal dismissed the notion that a Wembley win on May 28 could prompt him to prolong his stay at the Allianz Arena.
“It would change nothing,” he said ahead of the second leg of Bayern’s last-16 tie against Inter Milan. “We have decided to split because we have a different philosophy. We don’t want to go through it all again.”
Mario Gomez’s late goal at the San Siro handed Bayern a 1-0 advantage heading into the return against the team which beat them in last season’s final in Madrid.
“If we win the Champions League then I have done my job well,” Van Gaal added. “Then the fans are happy, the club is happy and Bayern can move on with their next coach.”
Van Gaal’s time in Bavaria has been mixed but the veteran admits to sadness at their relationship being curtailed 12 months earlier than initially planned.
He said: “I think Bayern is a super club, possibly the best organisation in the world. It is the kind of environment where a coach wants to work.”
Bayern thrashed Hamburg 6-0 on Saturday in their first game following the decision to part with Van Gaal and they will present Inter with a formidable challenge, especially as key men Arjen Robben and Franck Ribery have found form and fitness.
The Nerazzurri players have kept a low profile since Friday’s disappointing 1-1 draw at Brescia but president Massimo Moratti has backed his team to overturn the one-goal deficit and reach the quarter-finals.
He said on Monday: “We believe we can do it, absolutely. Also because we did well in the game in Milan. We made a mistake only in the last minute, but otherwise we were set out well and so I hope we can do the same there – but with the result going our way this time.”
Inter are likely to be without former Bayern centre-half Lucio, who strained a buttock muscle against Brescia.