Chelsea manager Mourinho bigs up United boss van Gaal - why?

Jose Mourinho believes Netherlands manager and soon to be Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal deserves World Cup credit for genius victory over Spain.

As if it wasn't common knowledge already, but Manchester United have a cunning strategist on their hands in recently recruited Dutch maestro Louis van Gaal who is currently plotting the Netherlands national team's World Cup progression, in Brazil.

Not only have the Dutch been responsible for some of the most terrific football in the tournament, with some of Europe's most technically-adept athletes in their roster, but they have also produced the shock result of the group stages - a 5-1 demolition job over reigning trophy holders Spain.

For Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho, who was effectively mentored by Louis van Gaal while the two of them were employed by Barcelona in the late 1990s, the 5-1 rout was no freak result but demonstrative of how a "brilliant" tactician prepared his roster of players.

He said yesterday, Thursday: "Spain were so amazing in the last four or six years in the way they were playing football that people look, people study and people learn [how to compete against them]."

Mourinho continued: "And Louis van Gaal was brilliant in the way he analysed and prepared the game against Spain."

The Premier League will be blessed with two meticulous planners when it comes to preparation and strategy next season but the big questions will be - will the niceties continue into the new season and who will better who during their first meeting, when van Gaal's United host Mourinho's Chelsea on Saturday, October 25?

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