April 29th, 2010
09:27 AM ET

Can Mourinho beat Van Gaal to become king of Europe?

The Champions League final - a guts-and-glory game to decide who is the continent's greatest football team - is nigh, and this year's edition, to be played in Madrid's Estadio Santiago Bernabeu, has all the ingredients needed for a classic tussle.

The showdown between Jose Mourinho and Louis Van Gaal is now set for the Champions League final (Getty Images).
The showdown between Jose Mourinho and Louis Van Gaal is now set for the Champions League final (Getty Images).

In one corner, the blue and blacks of Jose Mourinho's Inter Milan side, champions of Italy and conquerors of reigning champions Barcelona. In the other corner, the read and whites of the newly crowned champions of Germany, Bayern Munich. Led by the dominating figure of Louis Van Gaal, the Bavarian giants boast an array of talents that have them back in the race for the continental crown for the first time in nine years.

Inter too have much to feel pleased about. Mourinho has never been backwards about coming forwards, especially when telling the world about his achievements, but the diminutive Portuguese coach has taken great pride in getting his side this far.

This is a man who - despite having never played at the top level - has turned three different clubs in three different countries into champions (Porto in Portugal, Chelsea in England and Inter Milan in Italy), not to mention capturing the UEFA Cup and the Champions League title.

Passionate and always provocative, the 47-year-old has become synonymous with success, so could the current form of his side see him once again crowned king of Europe?

Can Jose Mourinho become king of Europe?

The football played by his Inter side has not always displayed the aesthetic beauty or the artistry of the Barcelona team he helped to defeat. But Mourinho showed, as he did previously with Porto in 2004, that a team galvanized by strength of purpose and collective will can overcome even the awesome talents of Lionel Messi, Xavi and Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

Inter triumphed in front of 95,000 baying fans at the Camp Nou, which for a man who once worked at the club under Van Gaal was a victory to be savored.

The scene is set then for a scintillating final come May 22, when Bayern will aim to clinch their fifth European title and Inter will look to win their first final for 38 years. Two teams with a rich array of talent will lock horns in a fight that will captivate fans around the world, the battle will also pitch two coaches of vast experience against one another.

In Louis Van Gaal, Bayern have a coach who admits to "arrogance," has great tactical insight and fears absolutely no-one. And why should he? His clinched both the domestic title and cup and proved more than well-equipped for the challenge posed by United in the quarterfinals.

Van Gaal too has a career rich in silverware. The 58-year-old is a multiple champion (having previously taken Ajax and AZ Alkmaar to the Eredivisie title in Holland before clinching titles with Barcelona in Spain), not to mention having won both the UEFA Cup and Champions League in the 1990s.

The Dutchman also has coached his national side and is familiar with the pressures of managing an aggressive press and big egos; Mourinho, while familiar with the latter, has yet to test his mettle at such level. Van Gaal has been there, seen it and done it - and more importantly, he wants to do it again.

The Santiago Bernabeu in Madrid is a stage befitting the magnitude of the 2010 final of the Champions League, but it is hard to call which colossus of the game will emerge victorious from the gladiatorial battle.

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  1. Dennis

    Jose Morinho will be the king of europe.

    April 29, 2010 at 10:06 am | Reply
  2. Hans, Vinkeveen Netherlands

    I can confirm Van Gaal is indeed known as an arrogant man in the Netherlands. And yes, he likes to fight the press, a famous statement to a journalist in the Netherlands:
    "Are you that dumb, or I am that smart?"

    April 29, 2010 at 10:06 am | Reply
  3. John

    The young generation will surely take our destiny into our own hands. In all aspects of life. Surely football is no exception.
    Mourinho let the can do spirit spark you for glory.

    Inter will surely conquer Europe.

    April 29, 2010 at 10:09 am | Reply
  4. Gabriel

    Monrinho already king of europe nothing, can stop him by the grace of God!

    April 29, 2010 at 10:25 am | Reply
  5. vincent

    Robben 2x – Bayern will win

    April 29, 2010 at 10:30 am | Reply
  6. Wittus

    Jose Morinho will clinch this years Champions league.

    April 29, 2010 at 10:40 am | Reply
  7. Emmanuel Atakpo

    yes i agree with you, Jose Mourinho is my former coach, i always suporting him any where he goes after beating Chelsea i said to my friend he will rich final because any team that beat chelsea deserve to rich final so am very happy for Jose.But shamed to Arsenal who allow one player to score them 4 unreply goals but the same player could'nt even make any inpact against inter.

    April 29, 2010 at 10:47 am | Reply
  8. ELIJAH

    JOSE MOURINHO IS A MAN OF ACTION,AS A PSYCHOLOGIST,HE CAN READ HIS OPPONENT AND KNOW HIS WEAK POINT.AS A MATTER OF FACT, JOSE MOURINHO 2 VAN GAAL 1. THAT IS THE RESULT.

    April 29, 2010 at 10:52 am | Reply
  9. Oliver

    I belive that mourinho will win because his side are very tough for them to win barca it means something ahead

    April 29, 2010 at 10:55 am | Reply
  10. Engr. Matthew Ibite. Whyte

    No doubt, inter milan will be Europian champion! In my own view, manchester united should go for inter milan coach to be on top.

    April 29, 2010 at 11:10 am | Reply
  11. J-Marwolo Sonnie,Sr.

    Hello!!!!!!!!
    With Jose Monrinho at the driving now, Inter is posed to conquer Europe

    April 29, 2010 at 11:11 am | Reply
  12. J-Marwolo Sonnie,Sr.

    With Jose Monrinho at the driving seat now, Inter is posed to conquer Europe

    April 29, 2010 at 11:15 am | Reply
  13. gecko

    Bayern should win in the final, overall they seem to be a more balanced team with Robben and Olic up front.

    April 29, 2010 at 11:25 am | Reply
  14. Jide

    J.Mo and Inter will champion europe.No doubt.

    April 29, 2010 at 11:34 am | Reply
  15. Uko emmanuel

    I will like jose amonrinho to become the next king of europe.because according to him, he is a special one

    April 29, 2010 at 11:34 am | Reply
  16. ASH

    FORZA INTER!!!

    April 29, 2010 at 11:35 am | Reply
  17. Jonathan

    Jose mourinho will beat luis van gaal at santiago Bernabeau

    April 29, 2010 at 11:51 am | Reply
  18. chery

    jose mourinho will definitly be the king of europe and that for sure

    April 29, 2010 at 11:52 am | Reply
  19. Chris

    Vamos Mourinho! The portuguese man-o-war will prove again that although his style at times is of the most boring standard seen today in football, with a similar style to Greece's pathetic victory in the Euro2004, it is super efficient, super tactical and at times, brilliant to watch! In this years final, to be fair, both Teams have their weapons and their arrogance and their coldness, so its going to be a really uncertain final, that will probably be decided in the 1st 30mins of the match! Cant wait!!

    April 29, 2010 at 11:58 am | Reply
  20. Samuel maduka

    Jose is de king of europe, nothing can stop him by de grace of God. Goodluck my coach, my man and magic man.

    April 29, 2010 at 12:01 pm | Reply
  21. jaiyeola deji-Lagos

    The battle line is drawn....i m a bit indifferent but will want a victory for intermilan.....

    April 29, 2010 at 12:10 pm | Reply
  22. Nady Aguleri

    The man Mourinho is very Lucky human being, the question , will he the king of Europe should not be asked he is already the king.
    Cos he never play what others play in foot ball.

    April 29, 2010 at 12:11 pm | Reply
  23. Omage

    Monrinho is just the man...

    April 29, 2010 at 12:11 pm | Reply
  24. samibuker

    I personally go for Mourinho because he has obviously special relationship with the players,including both disciplinary and benignity for them. I m sure young generation players see him as a father whilst others feel like friend. friendship makes a team successful not merely quality of the individuals as opposite of Real Madrid.Inter players fought for him last night.Go Mourinho go!

    April 29, 2010 at 12:17 pm | Reply
  25. Soj1

    Let wait til den may 22

    April 29, 2010 at 12:21 pm | Reply
  26. Zapty

    Louis van Gaal will deliver a severe spanking to his former translator and assistant Mourinho.
    Louis van Gaal will definitely show the world that he is the boss over Jose Mourinho. Bayern will rule the world under coach van Gaal!!!

    April 29, 2010 at 12:21 pm | Reply
  27. Robert

    Inter will be a strong opponent, but Bayern have a more solid team that combines the fierce German winners-mentality with the swinging Dutch position play – they will prevail!

    April 29, 2010 at 12:23 pm | Reply
  28. Adebiyi

    Inter is the best club in euro

    April 29, 2010 at 12:24 pm | Reply
  29. joe

    INTER will beat BAYERN looking at the 1/4 & 1/2 finals they played against strong teams such as Chelsea and Barca whom they beat. Bayern will find it hard to break INTER solid defense. INTER will be CL 2010 champion of Europe.

    April 29, 2010 at 12:27 pm | Reply
  30. GVilardi

    Hallo out there,

    There is only one in the End and that is one of the best and hartest of them all, and that is Fantastic Bayern Münich, the best of them all.

    April 29, 2010 at 12:30 pm | Reply
  31. J Bravo

    "Mou" will win for 2 reasons: A) both he & many of his platers are facing the end of a cycle in Inter and want to make history in the club after 32 years, and B) he's playing the final in what will be his next home: Santiago Bernabeu. Cheers to all the tifossi & may the best team win-

    April 29, 2010 at 12:34 pm | Reply
  32. Rachelle

    Go Mourinho:) His is the Master,He is so poised I love it!! Cant wait what a great final it will be:) Bayen are tough but Mourinho is the one who will be triumphant:)

    April 29, 2010 at 12:45 pm | Reply
  33. Joana

    Mourinho, you are the best!

    April 29, 2010 at 12:55 pm | Reply
  34. Haleemah kalejaiye

    José Mourhino will definitely be d king. He has d spirit

    April 29, 2010 at 1:03 pm | Reply
  35. kenneth

    as for me mourinho is the best i have seen.

    April 29, 2010 at 1:16 pm | Reply
  36. Vincent

    Jose mourinho is the man for d cup.

    April 29, 2010 at 1:16 pm | Reply
  37. Debi Godwin

    Jose Mourinho will be the king of Europe. There's no doubt about it.

    April 29, 2010 at 1:18 pm | Reply
  38. Peter - Belgium

    Regardless that both coaches are very good in what and how they do it: it will be a final of two teams (not individuals), and it looks that it might be a thrilling one :) and that's what it is about

    April 29, 2010 at 1:20 pm | Reply
  39. Emirates

    Bayern has better skills than Inter, but at this point of competition, Inter is full of willing to win and no one could stop them. Mourihno except an error from his side will be the Special One at madrid on May 22th.

    April 29, 2010 at 1:25 pm | Reply
  40. Innocent

    Inter are European champions and nothing stop them.

    April 29, 2010 at 1:41 pm | Reply
  41. Frank (USA)

    Bayern wins, less quality but more a team

    April 29, 2010 at 1:46 pm | Reply
  42. Azeez (EBA 1)

    I know jose will beat bayern to become a king. Bcos jose is d best coach dat i respect most.

    April 29, 2010 at 1:53 pm | Reply
  43. barryblut

    This man will be king of Europe if his team play like they did yesterday.
    What will happen is that all the amies of Europe will watch Inter play they will all fall into a deep sleep and Mourinho can then just take over.

    April 29, 2010 at 1:57 pm | Reply
  44. barryblut

    He will be king of Europe, and this is how he will do it. Inter Milan will bore all of Europes amies into a deep sleep with there style of football, giving Mourinho his chance to take over.

    April 29, 2010 at 2:02 pm | Reply
  45. George Amoah Mensah

    mourinho is the best, inter will surely clinch the title.

    April 29, 2010 at 2:03 pm | Reply
  46. Luqmon

    D name start by Lius van gaa we showly bcom EUROPEAN CUP Of d year wen beaten jos,mourinho is goin 2b little boy at d final of UCL

    April 29, 2010 at 2:09 pm | Reply
  47. Ernest Elem

    Mouriho must win the trophy because he merited it.I need him back at chelsea.

    April 29, 2010 at 2:28 pm | Reply
  48. Desmond Njotsa

    This is an against-all-odds finals. Who could toss a coin for Inter or Bayern reaching the finals. The stage is set for real fireworks and I believe fair play will carry the day.

    April 29, 2010 at 2:37 pm | Reply
  49. johnny

    I have learned long ago never to bet against an inform German team. Mourinho will have his chance again but not this time....

    April 29, 2010 at 2:40 pm | Reply
  50. J.Noura de Sousa Pintado

    c'on Mourinho & Silvino Setubal is with you. we love you

    April 29, 2010 at 2:53 pm | Reply
  51. Yinka Iyiola - Lagos, Nigeria

    It is obvious that with the kind of intimacy, rapports and protection enjoyed by the Inter players under the leadership of Jose Mourinho, victory will smile at them on May 22.

    April 29, 2010 at 3:03 pm | Reply
  52. Lukumanu

    I love the wins by Jose Mourinho; that is who justifies his fans' support. I favour him to win over Bayern; it could have been Chelsea that the "special one" so loved, and still love; I can see it.

    April 29, 2010 at 3:50 pm | Reply
  53. David

    At the end of the day, its the score line which is important. you play sexy football, but won no trophy. Abromovich will be in shame for letting Jose leave Chelsea. I am sure Jose M and his inter FC will be the King of Europe

    April 29, 2010 at 3:53 pm | Reply
  54. Victor

    Defence wins championships. Bayern goalie and defence are inferior to those of Inter. Bayern plays football, Inter plays for result. So all inall unfortunately for Van Gaal his chances are quite slim. 1:0 or 2:1 for Inter.
    Sam Eto'o will score one.

    April 29, 2010 at 4:06 pm | Reply
  55. Chima Bambam

    Louis van gaal is a fantastic caoch & good tactician no doubt,he is one of the best caoches in europe and has silenced his critics by toping the german bundeslinga and reaching the champions league final with his Bayern team.Jose mourinho is also a world class coach,equally good with tactical play but less experienced.I expect the game between Bayern and Inter Milan to be explosive in both tactics and antics but i strongly believe Jose mourinho would prevail becuase he has something "special to offer" as always.
    I hope Arsenger Wenger would learn a thing or two from these two great coaches and stop causing arsenal so much pain.

    April 29, 2010 at 4:09 pm | Reply
  56. Oono A.[BENUE]

    It is really going to be a great final with both team having a good deffence. But i give it to Mourinho his got this edge over Luis which is the attacking force.

    April 29, 2010 at 4:15 pm | Reply
  57. Messi

    They both suck!!! Barca beat Inter in the last game, Its just unfortunate they needed to score more goals to get to the finals. Barca is still #1!!!!

    April 29, 2010 at 4:20 pm | Reply
  58. luis da silva

    Very interesting confrontation. I quess it is 50/50. Who cares? Both teams are boring

    April 29, 2010 at 4:21 pm | Reply
  59. EDDDDY IWEBS

    we don`t even need to think about it or even make a guess of it,,, J.O IS GOING TO BE THE KING.... INTER WILL SURELY WIN BY GOD GRACE.

    April 29, 2010 at 4:25 pm | Reply
  60. Ug - PH, Nigeria

    There is really no need to debate this topic, Jose Mourinho has proven himself time & time again as a true world class coach.For goodness sake, the guy has a masters degree insports psychology!I will always root for him anytime, any day.

    April 29, 2010 at 4:27 pm | Reply
  61. The Special One

    Listen and let me tell you something you do not know! Mourinho is the only one who predicts his match and it happens the way he wants it if you do not know – Mourinho is already the King of all Coaches of all time. Who is Robben compared to Messi and who is... compared to Xavi? He who must rule must have the ruling blood running in his vain. From the Special One...

    April 29, 2010 at 6:33 pm | Reply
  62. HENRY U. SYLVESTER. NIGERIA

    Mourinho will rule europe.

    April 29, 2010 at 8:06 pm | Reply
  63. karanja-kenya

    I envisage an Inter win. Jose has proved a world class coach. I also wish to see our own macdonald mariga-the only kenyan to play in the champons league lift the the trophy. i tell you the whole of KENYA will be on their feet.

    April 29, 2010 at 9:01 pm | Reply
  64. Nnaemeka Harold

    Both clubs have solid men, but morinho's better defence and goalie puts him at an advantage

    April 29, 2010 at 9:51 pm | Reply
  65. Kai

    Louis Van Gaal is great Coach and as Bayern is going for 3 titles and its same for Jose there no doubt about them they are the best coaches in europe and both re trying to become third Manager to win CL from 2 different club the one uses right tactics and have his day will win the match

    April 29, 2010 at 9:52 pm | Reply
  66. Oliver Angelo Bailey

    Van Gaal will be the victor of this contest for the following three reasons

    1. Van Gaal is more experienced

    2. FC Bayern Munchen have a greater history in this competition having appeared 8 times in the Champions League Finals (winning 4 trophy's)

    3. German teams are mentally very strong as well as physically

    April 29, 2010 at 11:28 pm | Reply
  67. Paul

    We can't predict on the both team's, They're equally playing fine. but one must win.

    April 29, 2010 at 11:44 pm | Reply
  68. Brian

    Yes! There is no doubt where this is heading. Mourinho will have an advantage with Ribery also missing. I cant see how Bayern would penetrate the Inter defense. I believe only injuries to Inter to their remaining games of the season would hamper Mourinho's chances of lifting the trophy.

    April 30, 2010 at 12:40 am | Reply
  69. kyeong hyeon Kim , Korea

    In this season, playing strategy of Morinho is in real sport. but both team are not perfect.

    April 30, 2010 at 12:43 am | Reply
  70. Jason

    I think this match will be a toss of the coin. It is a very difficult match to pick. Bayern have been in great form of recent and Inter are also starting to pick it up again. Both coaches have great credentials. It comes to down to players on match day and who wants it more on on the pitch. Without the prowess of Ribery, and the killer instincts of Eto'o on a big stage will prove decisive. Inter Milan have the edge.

    April 30, 2010 at 3:09 am | Reply
  71. ethiogunner

    I believe Mourinho's great but Van gaal is greater than Mourinho so Bayern will win the Champion league and reign over Europe.

    April 30, 2010 at 5:55 am | Reply
  72. Theo

    Mourinho is great ,but he can not win this cup,
    I know Bayarn will surely win

    April 30, 2010 at 8:53 am | Reply
  73. Oriaku

    For mourinho's 10 men withstand the attacking power of barca for over 70 minutes at nou camp; man that alone is the crown any coach can have.

    U can imagine Wenger calling messi a play station for humuliating his team 4 unreplied goals in 90 minutes yet the same messi was unfunctional for 180 minutes against inter. Bravo jose.
    Coach pass Coach.

    April 30, 2010 at 9:42 am | Reply
  74. yotaimi

    both teams are champion 's nd both coaches are good ,but one thing about mr mourinho is he is a special one.but 4 me i want mourinho as king

    April 30, 2010 at 9:59 am | Reply
  75. akpos egbide

    Mounrinho is indeed great. In my own opinion, he has more to prove than Van gaal. And that is why he shall beat him to that piece of history.

    April 30, 2010 at 10:41 am | Reply
  76. Peter NL

    I believe both Mourinho and Van Gaal are now King of Europe.

    Mourinho for his tactical (not so attractive) sight and of course beating Barca.

    van Gaal for his never-ending believe in himself and the Bayern team. (he was almost slaughtert by the critics when starting in Munchen)

    But who will be the princess, I would but my money on Robben!

    April 30, 2010 at 6:43 pm | Reply
  77. Peter NL

    But who will be the princess, I would PUT my money on Robben!

    April 30, 2010 at 6:44 pm | Reply
  78. gkedpage

    Inter will win the CL cuz he has wonderful and talented players and they have confidence.

    April 30, 2010 at 7:36 pm | Reply
  79. Maryam

    Very tough call.

    However, I'm leaning more towards Inter.. they've been waiting for this for 38 years, they have rock-solid defense and an amazing goalie (did you see Julio Cesar's save in the second leg? amazing!) and I highly doubt Mou will let Inter get this far without winning anything. Bayern will be missing Ribery.. oh and there's always Eto'o. Hmm. Again, very tough call..

    Forza Inter <3

    April 30, 2010 at 9:25 pm | Reply
  80. wilson sele

    it will be a tough match,but inter will carry the day.

    May 1, 2010 at 1:25 pm | Reply
  81. HWB

    No doubt that Mourinho will start the final with a smart trick. However, if this trick does not result in a fast goal, then Van Gaal can adapt his team so that they can overcome the trick. There are not many coaches who can "read" the game and make the necessary changes. Van Gaal is one of them and Mourinho is not. Hence: whatever Mourinho comes up with, if it does not have a quick result, then it looses its effect and will Van Gaal win the game since he is the better game coach. Therefore, the first 20 minutes will be decisive.

    May 1, 2010 at 9:13 pm | Reply
  82. mesfen

    Honestly; i think Bayern r different and difficult more than Barcelona and Manchester ,but but if Inter played the way they played Chelsea and then Mourinho will succeed!!..... let not forget what happened to the inform Juventus vs Dortmond some years ago!!

    May 1, 2010 at 9:22 pm | Reply
  83. Damian

    Jose Mourinho will be the KING he is better at what he does than Van Gaal

    May 1, 2010 at 11:38 pm | Reply
  84. Pascal

    Jose M is a good coach. But, is a more balanced side. So, Van Gaal is d winner.

    May 2, 2010 at 2:14 am | Reply
  85. Daniel Wollo

    Mourinho is a psuchologist and a tactician. He knows how to get his team mentally fit for the game and how to approach the other team. He reads the games and determines his team based on the result he wants. Bayern will attack and attack and, remember that they are physically fit; Inter will attack and defend and a little but of frustration by Bayern will cost them dear. The game will be close. I predict a 1-0 or 2-1 win for Inter Milan.

    May 2, 2010 at 12:36 pm | Reply
  86. jason

    louis van gaal has been mourinho's teacher at barcelona, so van gaal has more experience and he wil win the champions league.

    btw inter doesn't even play football, what they do looks more like rugby
    and robben will smash trough the inter defenders

    May 2, 2010 at 8:49 pm | Reply
  87. Max

    It's not a question of Mourinho or Van Gaal... The point is that Inter is incredible superior. Bayern defence is a joke, particoulary central defenders are as fast as bricks. Facing Rtoo and Milito they have not a chance on a million. Bayern got to final due a referee mistake (vs Fiorentina) and an incredible amount of luck. The point is not to determine if Inter will win but to determine if it's gonna be a 4-0 or a 6-0...

    May 2, 2010 at 11:43 pm | Reply
  88. David

    Mourinho and Van Gaal are both excellent coaches, the one isn't better than the other. But in the end the coach doens't make the difference, the players do. And Bayern is the better side, they have more quality players. Normally they will win on the 22th may.

    May 3, 2010 at 9:30 am | Reply
  89. zaouli bi irie paul

    I can tell you that the title will go to milan.Because Jose is the best coach at this moment.And nothing can stop him to achieave his goal.

    May 3, 2010 at 1:34 pm | Reply
  90. Tozy, Olo Nig.

    Who is Mourinho? A butterfly that calls himself a bird? He's just a servant or call him a boy in the eyes of Van Gaal. Lets watch and see who will be the king of europe.

    May 3, 2010 at 1:39 pm | Reply
  91. momodu ibrahim

    jose the man i adore so much will be the champion of europe by his grace, he has everything to overcome van, at this moment he is the best when it comes to business!!!!

    May 3, 2010 at 2:47 pm | Reply
  92. leonard odimegwu

    jeso is the man,am well convinced the giant inter will rull over bayern,which they will be bais on the field.inter is the team.cheers

    May 3, 2010 at 3:30 pm | Reply
  93. ida ket! Ada

    Inter has won already. there's no argument about that.

    May 3, 2010 at 8:02 pm | Reply
  94. kolle motaka

    jose Mourinho always has a way true-scientifically, he is an x-ray diffraction method which is the ultimate solution to determining the structure of any substance.jose has a solution for everyone atleast for this season.i tip him as European football master come the D day .i can even put my money on him. text from Buea-Cameroon

    May 3, 2010 at 8:06 pm | Reply
  95. Henkie Bakboord

    Don't forget that Van Gaal was Mourinho's master, as José says himself. And they are still good friends today. Mourinho will find it difficult to provoque his friend. Therefore Louis will win. Both teams deserve it by the way.

    May 3, 2010 at 9:56 pm | Reply
  96. spirit

    the chance to win the title is for each team the same 50/50.
    Noone is the favourite. The team which has the better form that day will win. both teams are on the same level. inter has the better defence, bayern the better offense. as the spirit of sports says, the better one should win.
    i hope we all can just enjoy a wunderfull final, an that's it.
    respect and tolerance = peace and freedom

    May 3, 2010 at 10:13 pm | Reply
  97. Odiri

    why why all the noise about Mourinho wining or not wining the champions league.There is noting fantanstic about it. Inter played a style that escaped them narrowly from barca defeat and this does imply inter is better than barca. Inter played barca with their hearth in their mouth.The final will will be 50-50.

    May 4, 2010 at 2:02 am | Reply
  98. Etoo Dike

    Jomagic is the man to be crowned king of Europe. Inter is the team,very solid in defence,attack and striking force. Bayern should wait 4 another season. Thank u.

    May 4, 2010 at 8:08 am | Reply
  99. makanjo

    there is no question about that mourinho will win definitely because he's a master tactician & also a special one.

    May 4, 2010 at 9:01 am | Reply
  100. njue njagi

    Intermilan will surely win.Been following Jose Mourinho career since the time he beat Man U at the 1/4 finals of champions league with a small team,his coaching career has been on the rise.i cant wait for the finals and watch Jose lift the cup.

    May 4, 2010 at 9:14 am | Reply
  101. Antonio

    Mourinho is pure entertainment. His record speaks for itself. If he wins the final I bet he will be at Real Madrid next season... and win it there too within a couple of years. I can see it happening. I just hope he then 'retires' into the job of national coach for Portugal and win us a cup – I'll settle for the European Cup – must remain realistic, although I guess Mourinho will aim for World Cup glory! The sky is the limit for this guy...

    May 4, 2010 at 10:50 am | Reply
  102. Dirk

    For sure, Van Gaal's Bayern will win. It's the forward power of Bayern which will break the Inter defense

    May 4, 2010 at 3:00 pm | Reply
  103. Osaheni alamaigba

    Supper Inter !!! This is their peak,they will have the cup.

    May 4, 2010 at 4:20 pm | Reply
  104. Kunle Seriki

    The debate is already on here in Spain whether to bring Jose Morinho as Real Madrid manager,therefore winning the championship title in santiago Bernabeu will be an added advantage for the Inter boss,non the less I think he will win. Kunle SPAIN

    May 4, 2010 at 5:23 pm | Reply
  105. braide ipalibo stephen(port harcourt)

    of course na morinho go win, no sweat for that one,e no matter wetin baryan wan play 38 year no be small something.i beg jose no jonse nothing dey happen.

    May 4, 2010 at 7:33 pm | Reply
  106. Uzochukwu Nigeria

    Jose is the king David while van gaal stars as Goliath. ezperience matches action. I see Mourinho crowned but not easy. battle of Bernabeu.

    May 4, 2010 at 9:16 pm | Reply
  107. Philip

    You americans, does nobody knows that Mourinho was the assistant coach of Van Gaal at FC Barcelona? Mourinho learned football tactics of the great dutch master.

    But you know what they say about defeating your teacher.. still I think Van Gaal has a better team.

    May 4, 2010 at 11:14 pm | Reply
  108. babangida habib

    jose morinho is my boos i love him

    May 5, 2010 at 1:55 am | Reply
  109. Billy Soetrisno

    from previous games...i can tell why many people rooting for mourinho...on how he defeated the favored Barca and others, Inter also has a super defenders with Lucio and Samuel...same as Bayern...but the difference is in the mid-section with Bayern having the more complete playmaker and midfielders both sides. Bayern will win the cup this year.

    May 5, 2010 at 5:12 am | Reply
  110. Macdonald

    If u know d meaning of speacial one u dont need to comment go pick d cup mourihnio

    May 5, 2010 at 8:09 am | Reply
  111. Collins Adu

    the special one is going to beat Bayern to win this special cup in the name of Jesus. Amen

    May 5, 2010 at 12:12 pm | Reply
  112. zakaria abukari

    I personally think that every reasonable being should support the special one to finish the job. he has worked so hard this season and so it is justify when he finally emerges as the king of europe. I have no doubt about jose capabilities to lift this cup and i can assure you fans across the world are seriously praying for jose to carry the day. we are all behind the special one.

    May 5, 2010 at 4:02 pm | Reply
  113. samuel olaoye

    with nothing to separate thr two teams as regards talent, I will tilt the balance in favour of inter with Jose Mourinho I think he is helped bcos inter will be the more ddesperate of the two teams..........

    May 6, 2010 at 12:39 am | Reply
  114. ben

    Its sad how the star of the inter show doesnt even set foot on the pitch. Games are won by the players not managers.

    May 6, 2010 at 4:19 am | Reply
  115. Daniel

    Both teams are pretty good side from performance so far, but am sure none of the teams will win on a platter of gold, hence they much work hard for success come May 22.
    however with respect to "Inter" resilience performance it is rational to predict successful for Jose Mourinho team- note predictions don't win football game, but quality play does.

    meanwhile i need to remind those who attribute victory to God to stop been naive and face the fact that football has no divine connection.

    May 6, 2010 at 10:00 am | Reply
  116. Philippe Koumbassa

    When is the last time we saw Inter at the higher level, of course it's been ages
    Yes! Mourinho can beat Van Gaal and become the king of Europe, there is no doubt cause he has geniusly brought back Inter from no where to the top.

    May 6, 2010 at 7:59 pm | Reply
  117. Armand Michel Itoe

    I think after a difficult game,Mourihno;s Inter will emerge victorious

    May 7, 2010 at 9:52 am | Reply
  118. Dr. Cajetan Coelho

    Inter versus Bayern finals is a game hard to predict. Both sides are well matched and have come up to the finals the hard way. Playing Eleven against Eleven leaves no team with any serious advantage. Red Card recepient Ribery may not be in the playing eleven but in Hamit Altintop Bayern has a hardworking, quick thinking and fasting moving replacement for the suspended Frenchman.

    Players and Referee should see that the game does not become a Ten versus Eleven affair. If reduced to Ten, Mourinho has plan B and Plan A for such eventualities. The Special One could start with Plan C. He has defenders who can defeat rival attackers. Dutchman Louis van Gaal will also have his plans. Let's wait and watch to enjoy the strategies and counter strategies from two of football's most decorated and discussed generals.

    Best wishes to players and fans of Inter and Bayern.

    May 7, 2010 at 9:56 am | Reply
  119. Bigiasani Bamu

    wow...what a finale...Jose Mourinho is the best tactician i have ever seen..i just love the man, his speeches.......he is winning this one. i can bet you all.

    May 7, 2010 at 11:00 am | Reply
  120. Ajah

    Right from the day Jose Mourihno`s Inter.Milan won Chelsea FC,I`ve been having the belief that they can go all the way to be champions of Europe.Yes they can do it!

    May 7, 2010 at 1:09 pm | Reply
  121. solomon

    josey will win this champions league for inter, it pains me that he was not allow to win it for chelsea,where he achieved soo much in two and a half season he is indeed "the special one" i love his confidence and will support any club he coaches.

    May 7, 2010 at 2:42 pm | Reply
  122. tpsy

    van gaal will shock d world,cos every one is believing mourinho is d center of focus...
    let's watch and see,because both teams are still in contention of treble in their respective leagues..

    May 7, 2010 at 3:06 pm | Reply
  123. Italianfootballisugly

    Inter sucks, all they can do is defend and provoke their opponents to red cards or trick the ref into sending their opponents off by whimp like fakes, tricks and so on. Just like Italy won the last world cup.
    Italians can only win by those means. If Bayern will handle that in a smart way, they are my favorites.

    May 7, 2010 at 8:59 pm | Reply
  124. Teles

    Mourinho finally made Inter a real team. I bet they´ll beat bayern in the final. Surelly. The problem with his teams is that they don´t play spetacular football, its all about winning.

    May 7, 2010 at 11:35 pm | Reply
  125. VanGaal

    News Flash: Van Gaal is the other Special One.

    Anybody's guess who'll win. But van Gaal has proven he is up there with Hiddink and Michels. Like Mourino he morphs the team into a cult. That is the secret they both have. They both surprised everyone to be in the final, Bayern more so than Inter. Enjoy!

    May 8, 2010 at 6:07 pm | Reply
  126. no.99

    Bayern will win the game. Probably the only top club in Europe with NO debt, actually making profit for years now. Sustainable development, intelligent transfers, a great stadium and a solid fan-base. This is the way to go in the future. Nobody wants to see clubs like Real or Inter, owned by some guy playing for the enjoyment of few. The next couple of years will see the Bundesliga as the strongest league in Europe, if appropriate marketing is undertaken. Spanish and Italian clubs are highly indebted, English ones are alienating and heartless. I am so proud of the healthy economic development of the German league. Brand new stadiums, sold out to capacity each weekend, featuring exciting matches between at least 5-6 german player per squad. Look at Bayern: Badstuber, Müller, Contento, Lahm and Schweinsteiger are home-grown players! Then again Inter...not worth mentioning. Any home-growns? Yeah right... Auf geht's Bayern!

    May 9, 2010 at 3:03 am | Reply
  127. kim masas

    Both, Mourinho and Van Gaal are former Barcelona trainers.

    Probably, Van Gaal has more experience but my heart says Mourinho will win the Champions .

    KIM,

    May 9, 2010 at 11:57 am | Reply
  128. tijan

    insalla inter il b d champions of europ

    May 9, 2010 at 12:47 pm | Reply
  129. tijan

    inter milano il b d campion of eurupe

    May 9, 2010 at 12:48 pm | Reply
  130. Maine94

    Whether they win or we win, it is just a game of 22 matured men going after 1 round ( not square ) ball.

    Should not waste time watching the game because in the end, the sun still rises in he east and set in the west.

    May 9, 2010 at 5:33 pm | Reply
  131. don kayman

    Bayern are winning this cup , and believe on that

    May 9, 2010 at 7:27 pm | Reply
  132. pepay love of athens

    watch and see what mourinho will do to Van Gaal bayern the cup gose to intermilan,i know mourinho will become the europian king

    May 9, 2010 at 7:39 pm | Reply
  133. bernardo k

    Iberians(Portuguese and Spanish) perform very well along the way but always stumble at the last hurdle.Continental propers (Germans,Dutch)don't do well along the way until the crucial moment.If the nationality of the coaches is to be taken into consideratiion then Van Gaal will win.

    May 10, 2010 at 4:16 am | Reply
  134. Godwjn Amadi

    there is only one cup, there is only one man, you must be special to be that one. Mourinho is the special one. the cup is for him.

    May 10, 2010 at 10:36 am | Reply
  135. Gbemiga Ogunlaye

    i belev inter will win. m a fan of the SPECIAL ONE and i relai wnt to support his wrk and encourage the younger coaches..... God Bless my country NIGERIA

    May 10, 2010 at 2:57 pm | Reply
  136. Marc

    Louis van Gaal is the best coach of the world.
    Champions with Ajax, Barcelona, AZ and Bayern.

    I'm looking forward to Mourinho getting beaten with his anti-football playing Inter (except Sneijder).

    Then van Bommel, Robben, Sneijder, v/d Vaart, v Persie will make Holland World Champion!!!

    May 10, 2010 at 8:43 pm | Reply
  137. hans_wuschd

    first.. big lol.

    ok. just in case someone who doesn't have any clue about football reads these comments, will assume that mourinho and van gaal are 2 boxers that will face on 22the may. x_x
    its on the players on the field that have to achieve the lion's share.
    mou and van gaal know themselves well so there aint no room for surprises.
    the chances are 50:50, but i hope bayern will win because their football is way much more entertaining than inters side.

    May 10, 2010 at 9:08 pm | Reply
  138. Toanh

    Special one. A talent coach. Inter will be a king of Euro. Not discuss more.

    May 11, 2010 at 4:41 am | Reply
  139. marcus

    I have never seen a coach like jose Mourinho . He always win his games by words and also by action. I have big repect for this man

    May 11, 2010 at 8:07 am | Reply
  140. odeh francis abraham

    inter have the better chance to win cos with the kind of coaching crew and more so, the defence of the inter side is good.
    if the Bayern wants to win the champion league, they have to look for someone that can really fit in the place of franck r.

    May 11, 2010 at 11:09 am | Reply
  141. Jflex

    Inter for the Cup!!!

    May 13, 2010 at 3:17 pm | Reply
  142. Tony-S

    Inter are favourites, but Arjen Robben has been having a career year for Bayern, and he could turn the game round almost on his own.

    May 13, 2010 at 10:20 pm | Reply
  143. Majeed Balogun

    In my last comment on who will qualify between Barca and Inter at the Semi-final stage, I gave it to the 'Special One'. This time, the 'Special One' will win the Championship and record a trebile in the history of Inter. To qualify at the expense of Barca was as good as wiining the trophy. The Inter team will crush the 'German Machine' because Inter combines European and South American styles, solid midfield and defence plus clinical finishers, Milito, Eto'o, Micon, Barlatolli etc. Mayern relies on counters and with Inter, the task could be herculean. 2010 is the year of treble for the 'Special One'.

    May 17, 2010 at 7:38 am | Reply
  144. Javier

    Two absolutely great trainers with very strong personalities. I hope the best for them and I hope they enjoy their stay here, but most of all, I hope they both leave after the match. We have had both of them here, they are the typical kind of people who get under your skin and fuel tensions even outside the boundaries of what is strictly a game.

    May 17, 2010 at 12:59 pm | Reply
  145. Mika

    Van Gaal! He deserves it more. All his teams he coached played attractive football with clear philosophy. I like that. This is much harder to achieve than the tactics used by Mourinho with his teams. I admire Mourinho, but the philosphy of Van Gaal is more convincing/attractive.

    Everybody remembers Ajax in the two consecutive Champions League finals in 1995 and 1996, because of their way of playing football. Almost nobody will remember Porto in 2004.

    Kike now...Everybody will remember Bayern and not Inter. Sorry Guys... Van Gaal deserves it more...

    PS: Mourinho never showed any respect to any of his colleagues..expect van Gaal, that shows something..

    May 17, 2010 at 10:13 pm | Reply
  146. Elman Nabiyev

    Bayern 2 – 3 Inter. Jose Mourinho!!!

    May 20, 2010 at 6:34 pm | Reply
  147. nghiavt

    Mourinho is a special one, and he's a very lucky man i think Inter will win this match.

    May 21, 2010 at 10:27 am | Reply
  148. Crocodile

    Its going to be football at its best! Goodluck to both Managers, they equally deserve it.

    May 21, 2010 at 10:44 am | Reply
  149. Andenet.Mebratu

    The special one 2-BM1

    May 21, 2010 at 10:54 am | Reply
  150. kevin

    i think bayern will win this championsleauge! they played a constant championship. and without ribery they will fight like lions! :)

    bayern! stern des südens ;)

    May 21, 2010 at 11:30 am | Reply
  151. Gee

    Inter will beat bayern as he did for barcelona.

    May 21, 2010 at 12:00 pm | Reply
  152. christian onyegbula

    mournho will carry the cup

    May 21, 2010 at 12:11 pm | Reply
  153. christian onyegbula

    mournho will carry the cup bos eto will play wel

    May 21, 2010 at 12:13 pm | Reply
  154. Epoma

    Mourinho is the Alexander of football, he is the Hannibal of Soccer in our age and the Napoleon Bonaparte of our time. It is only through the divine intervention of God alone that Mourinho could be stopped, not even the German machine will stop the Special one from vanquishing the entire Europe. All hail the King of Europe, let all Europeans welcome the new conqueror. Congrats to the Special one.

    May 21, 2010 at 12:22 pm | Reply
  155. Pedro

    "The diminutive Portuguese coach"??? Mourinho is 5 feet 10 inches tall. OK: he is not a giant, but "diminutive"? By what standarts? Or did mister Ben Wyatt just decide to asume that, being Portuguese, he would have to be diminutive, even if the average Portuguese male, between 21 and 35 is now actually taller than the average american?

    May 21, 2010 at 1:14 pm | Reply
  156. Pedro

    I am not a fan of Mourinho's style, but, as a Portuguese, the level of prejudice shown both in this article ("the diminutive portuguese coach") and comments makes me hope Mourinho wins by a landslide.

    May 21, 2010 at 1:27 pm | Reply
  157. piku

    Well I think Mourinho is gr8, but but Van Gal was the teacher of Him. Soooooooooooo if he was a good student he got a lot from Van Gal what he have proved. But at the end teacher always knows his students and their weak points. And at the end teacher will have more knowledge than his students, thats the reason he is the teacher.

    May 21, 2010 at 1:30 pm | Reply
  158. Richard

    Every one should be aware that Van Gaal has been written of many times before. In the Netherlands, in Spain. November last year he was about to be sacked as Bayern coach. Since then he's won the German title and the German Cup. The lesson for Mourinho is: never write Louis of until the game is over. This guy is a very tough survivor. Or, as his motto is nowadays: der Tod oder die Gladiolen!

    May 21, 2010 at 1:49 pm | Reply
  159. kenneth nwokorie

    This is a game that will be played between the boys coach(jose moourinho) and men coach(val Gal).......am very very sure that the boys coach will surely carry the day after 90mins of play

    May 21, 2010 at 2:19 pm | Reply
  160. Fon

    Jose is the greatest coach existing on earth and inter will become Europe's kings come Saturday. Bravo to Samuel Eto'o and Schnieder who were rejected in their former clubs.

    May 21, 2010 at 2:21 pm | Reply
  161. Minger

    The best team will win. Munich vs. Milano 2:1 !!!!

    May 21, 2010 at 2:36 pm | Reply
  162. Paul

    You forgot to mention that Van Gaal won the Champions League twice with both Ajax and Barcelona. He's been to the CL final on 3 occassions loosing once against Juventus (with Ajax).

    Mourinho has yet to prove himself capable to win the CL final with a team other than Porto.

    Bayern might concede goals, they have always proven able to score easily and against any opponent, even Italian sides (Fiorentina) and to clubs such Manchester United

    May 21, 2010 at 2:43 pm | Reply
  163. razwan

    GO INTER! GO MURINHO!

    May 21, 2010 at 2:49 pm | Reply
  164. Padre

    Pedro. Whatever! Game of the year and got plenty of beer!

    May 21, 2010 at 2:57 pm | Reply
  165. achien

    the special one will carry the cup.....

    May 21, 2010 at 2:58 pm | Reply
  166. achien

    inter will carry the cup

    May 21, 2010 at 3:00 pm | Reply
  167. Joshua

    Bayern wins this... It will be a contest, but Van Gaal comes out on top.

    May 21, 2010 at 3:42 pm | Reply
  168. Alexander

    i wish inter milan win but van gaal is one never say die of a coach.he doesnt like loosing ,like jose mourinno.

    May 21, 2010 at 3:48 pm | Reply
  169. saiq tijani

    apprentice jose mourinho will definitely prove to his mentor van gaal that the tactics of modern day football lies with and only with no other than ths SPECIAL ONE HIMSELF. adieu adieu mourinho

    May 21, 2010 at 4:24 pm | Reply
  170. Steve

    The Germans have one captain and 10 fast moving robots – The Italians have 11 captains. Bayern Münich wins !!

    May 21, 2010 at 5:37 pm | Reply
  171. Mango

    Man has not yet leant his leasons from previous events.
    "the majority always get disappointed"
    The minority will prevail,the team most people expect to win shall not win.
    I thank Mourinho for defeating Barca but cos of his association with evil Vatican he shall not prevail this time.
    I am really sorry ,he has to transfer to another club.

    May 21, 2010 at 5:59 pm | Reply
  172. Michael Owen

    People, if this final were to be played ten times over, I agree with most of you – Jose Mourinho would probably walk away with between 6 and 8 wins! But anything can happen in the final... Experience tells in tournament play and, from my personal experience, anything can happen in a final. It promises to be rivetting, though !

    May 21, 2010 at 9:24 pm | Reply
  173. wim

    I see a lot of Mourinho fans here. Please consider that he is lucky with his teams until now. Van Gaal however, can make any team work. So if the contest is between trainers, Van Gaal wins hands down.

    May 21, 2010 at 9:35 pm | Reply
  174. Bills - Madang

    Go Inter-Milan

    May 21, 2010 at 10:39 pm | Reply
  175. dinosky

    MOU=MOU+MOU ! There is ONLY ONE "SPECIAL ONE" !
    No matter the Outcome tomorrow, JOSE now belongs to PLANETARY HISTORY ! He has Unique Genius and the Talent to prove it !
    Look at the STATISTICS on his Career and the UNBROKEN RECORD !
    WE want you BACK HOME,in the U.K., JOSE !

    May 21, 2010 at 10:43 pm | Reply
  176. Mario Araujo

    Mourinho...the best coach in History! Força campeão!

    May 22, 2010 at 12:30 am | Reply
  177. sammie lagos,nigeria

    I belive jose morinho men ar stronger nd better than van gaal team

    May 22, 2010 at 1:19 am | Reply
  178. Syed

    only the 'special one' can be the king

    May 22, 2010 at 6:01 am | Reply
  179. mike

    Why are Inter of Italy and Bayern of Germany playing in Madrid?

    May 22, 2010 at 7:25 am | Reply
  180. Christopher

    The night is for no one else than the special coz i believe in his ability of winning the trophy.

    May 22, 2010 at 9:44 am | Reply
  181. freedom

    i give it all to mourinho.he has got this master skill of success,ability to set goals and make plans for there accomplishment.he decides exactly what he wants at each area/time of his life.he has thrown his heart over the bar,his body,players,club and fans will follow him to lift the cup.

    May 22, 2010 at 11:20 am | Reply
  182. uygar

    what i think is if inter will play just like they did against barca in the second leg or the first one...i hope the will play as they did in the first leg won 3-1, so that the final will be very exciting... what bayern plays is always same but inter palys according to the rival... inter will be the party deciding the game will be exciting or boring

    May 22, 2010 at 12:02 pm | Reply
  183. vachi

    I love Manchester, Today I expect that Bayern can win because of aggressive long shoot from Robben and Ribery .

    Inter focus on Defense and waiting for only 1 goal for win.
    That is Mounrinho style.

    Long Shoot from Midfield of Bayern can stop Inter plan.

    May 22, 2010 at 2:47 pm | Reply
  184. behar hasbajrami

    i hope BAYERN will be the next crowned of the europe & hope MOURINJO will be asking him self who is the special one the teacher or the student[him self],. thank you , comon bayern !!

    May 22, 2010 at 3:52 pm | Reply
  185. Eze Uba

    The pendulum swings towards Inter emerging victorious. having beaten teams like Chelsea and Barcelona there's nothing can stop Inter. I also think the match is more between the two teams players, and coaches, not just the coaches as is the mood about the game now. Anyway, may the best team in Europe win... Forza Inter

    May 22, 2010 at 5:07 pm | Reply
  186. john ola

    Hi every one. This game is a game of luck anybody can lift the CUP. So i believe if bayern coach can make a good setup for the match He will surely beat Mourinho. Gunners For Life.

    May 22, 2010 at 5:12 pm | Reply
  187. kiedere philippe

    Inter will win not because of luck ;like bayern against man u.; but because there were made a warring team by a great manager with a strong fighting spirit for only the violent in spirit possess the kingdom as Jesus said, only the violent in spirit overcomes any obstacle ; that's why inter will prevail against bayern munich.

    May 22, 2010 at 5:14 pm | Reply
  188. Prince Jackson

    I wept when Morinho leave Chelsea, now He has come back to harm us as He promised, I know He is a winner and no one can stop Him, not even Van Gaal.

    May 22, 2010 at 5:58 pm | Reply
  189. Liibaan Honest

    Luis Van Gaal VIVA, Bayern Munchen GO Go GO!!!

    May 22, 2010 at 6:18 pm | Reply
  190. etienne

    we now know what it takes to be a champion. and it takes just Mourinho and his inter to be a champion. Bravo inter, Bravo Mourinho

    May 23, 2010 at 2:40 pm | Reply
  191. paul

    the real king of europe

    the best in the world

    i love you

    May 23, 2010 at 9:13 pm | Reply
  192. tijan b darboe

    hi the gambia

    May 30, 2010 at 9:03 pm | Reply
  193. rabia shah

    i think Jose Mourinho is all time better then Van Gaal, Fabio Cappelo is the another choice between both of them, i like Mourinho as he is the best coach.

    September 29, 2010 at 6:41 am | Reply

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