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Robben: Mourinho and Van Gaal vital for my career
The Netherlands international worked under the Mourinho during his time at Stamford Bridge between 2004 and 2007, but was allowed to leave to join Real Madrid and eventually becoming one of the best attackers in the world.
Robben has stressed he does not bear any grudge toward the Chelsea man, while also praising Louis van Gaal and Guardiola for their influence
“Mourinho was very fair, very good,” the Bayern star told Daily Mail.
“The only problem was the injuries. He could not count on me. It was frustrating for both of us and it became difficult. But in a football point of view, he was very important. He helped me mentally.
“I think I had a positive development at Chelsea. I was very young when I arrived, only 20, and the problem I had was injuries.
“At the time, you hear people say you are made of glass. I was angry because I felt like I was always having to defend myself. I know now something was wrong with my body.
“I’m a very explosive player and need everything to be right. I started working with an osteopath the last year I was in Madrid and have stayed with him. I have control of my body now and know when I can ‘go’.”
Robben also praised Louis van Gaal,who played a key role in guiding Netherlands to third place in the 2014 World Cup.