In a recent, exclusive interview with Football-Oranje, former AZ Alkmaar winger Johann Berg Guðmundsson was full of praise for his old managers Louis van Gaal and Ronald Koeman.

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The Burnley winger played in the Netherlands between 2009 and 2014. He was brought to AZ by ex-Oranje boss van Gaal, who Guðmundsson played under for 6 months.

“In Holland he was really good,” Guðmundsson said of van Gaal. “He had the respect of all the players. He demanded a lot from the players as well. He’s a demanding character and knows exactly what he wants. It was only my first half-year he was there, so it was nice to sometimes train under him and see what he was about and see what he demanded of the players.”

The Icelandic international was then quizzed on other Dutch managers he worked with at AZ and specifically who offered him the best piece of adivce. “Koeman gave me good advice,” responded the 27-year-old. “Whenever I had the ball, have the freedom of what you do. Don’t be thinking too much about other things – just try and attack the full back. As a winger that was really good advice.”

You can watch the full interview with Guðmundsson by clicking here or clicking the video linked below:




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I'm a physics student from the UK and a massive Eredivisie fan. Started watching after being inspired by the Netherlands national team after the 2010 World Cup. Wilfred Bouma also has a big part to play in my initial keen interest in the league, being a Villa fan meant I wanted to keep track of my favourite player.