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The Cabinet of Dr. Van Gaal

Luca Toni’s last half season in Munich could have been called a masterpiece of dreary Expressionism without any further details from behind the scenes leaking out. Alas, a Mark van Bommel interview elicited the best evidence yet of the comparison, relating how Toni began burning his bridges with Louis van Gaal from the very start.

It was not good that, on the second day, Luca Toni sat so casually, half lying on the table. And then his eyes closed. He fell asleep,

It never ends well for sleep-walking Italians in Germany

It never ends well for sleep-walking Italians in Germany

An angry Van Gaal called Toni into his office immediately, but whatever the result of that initial confrontation, Toni swiftly became a dead man (or perhaps more appropriately “sleepy man”) walking not only with his coach, but with his teammates.

“Normally, the team would take side with the player. But in this case no one supported him.”

It seems the feeling is mutual, as Toni has tipped Inter as “the stronger side” in this weekend’s Champions League final. But as Toni searches for yet another new club, this new detail about his Munich departure suggests one Serie A club may be more appropriate than any other: Cagliari, anyone?