Bayern's Ribery buries hatchet with van Gaal
Bayern Munich's France star Franck Ribery revealed today he has buried the hatchet with coach Louis van Gaal ahead of Saturday's Bundesliga clash with struggling Schalke 04.sports Updated: Dec 02, 2010 22:22 IST
Bayern Munich's France star Franck Ribery revealed on Thursday he has buried the hatchet with coach Louis van Gaal ahead of Saturday's Bundesliga clash with struggling Schalke 04.
Ribery and van Gaal had a public falling out after the Dutch coach criticised the Frenchman in the German media for a lacklustre display in a friendly game, organised to help him regain his fitness.
The 27-year-old Ribery replied by saying he wished his coach had discussed the matter in private and van Gaal was in turn critised by Bayern's director of sport Christian Nerlinger for going public.
Ribery says relations were restored during Munich's recent 3-2 defeat at Roma in the Champions League before he played all of the 90 minutes in Bayern's 4-1 win over Eintracht Frankfurt last Saturday in the German league.
"Before the game in Rome, I had a long talk with him (van Gaal)," said Ribery.
"We talked a lot, and that's important.
"You have to talk if you work together and want to have success, whether it is negative or positive."
Having missed most of this season with an ankle injury he suffered in September, Ribery is regaining his fitness and looking forward to helping Bayern catch Dortmund by trying to beat 15th-placed Schalke.
"I can feel I am getting back to fitness and I am in very good shape, mentally and physically," said Ribery.
"The most important thing now is to get my confidence back.
"Dortmund are a long way ahead, but we will do everything we can to win our games now.
"Then we'll see how far we get."
Meanwhile, Bayern's want-away midfielder Anatoliy Tymoshchuk has said he may stay at Bayern having played a full part in their home win over Frankfurt and scored two goals.
"It feels good to play 90 minutes," said the Ukrainian who had previously said he wanted to leave in the January transfer window and has a contract until 2012.
"If this feeling persists, then they know that will change my decision.
"I'd stay if that were the case, but there are some interested parties out there and I am in form."
The Ukraine captain has mainly been used as a substitute by Bayern van Gaal, but in the absence of injured captain Mark van Bommel, Tymoshchuk has taken his chance to impress.