Van Gaal confounds critics to reach another final

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Associated Press

Posted on April 28, 2010 at 3:03 AM

Updated Wednesday, Apr 28 at 3:03 AM

LYON, France (AP) — Louis van Gaal is on course for a remarkable treble in his first season in charge of Bayern Munich and can also achieve the feat of winning the Champions League as coach of two different teams.

Van Gaal won the Champions League with Ajax in 1995, and Bayern beat Lyon 3-0 on Tuesday night to reach the Champions League final for the first time since last winning it in 2001.

Bayern tops the Bundesliga, and has the German Cup final to play before meeting Inter Milan or Barcelona in the Champions League final.

The Dutch coach jokes that "now the players know what it's like to spend 10 months with Louis van Gaal," but after a tough start the 58-year-old Van Gaal has transformed the four-time European champion into a ruthless winning machine.

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