Veteran Brazilian striker Giovanni has labelled former coach Louis Van Gaal as the "Hitler of the Brazilian players" in an astonishing tirade against the Dutchman.
Giovanni, now 38 and set for retirement from the game, had a three year spell at Barcelona in the late nineties. The arrival of van Gaal saw the Brazil international relegated to a bit-part player at Camp Nou later prompting him to sign for Olympiacos.
"Van Gaal is the Hitler of the Brazilian players; he is arrogant, proud and has a problem," Marca quote Giovanni as saying.
"My life with him was horrible, the Brazilians did not want him, he put me down and also fought with Rivaldo and Sonny Anderson. He always gave us the excuse that we were not training well.
"I know that he must have some trauma, he has no idea of football, does not know anything, in the time I was with him he always did the same training, his type is sick, he's crazy."
He also revealed one incident in particular that annoyed him when van Gaal instructed him to fly to Tenerife for a league game before opting not to pick him in the squad.
"He p***ed me off a lot. Look, I'm a quiet type, if I'm not slapped in the face. I took a three or four hour flight from Barcelona, for him to say he didn't need me. So I could have stayed at home with my family. Why did he bring me? I told him not to do that to me and never let it happen again."
Giovanni also noted that he would have liked the recent UEFA Champions League final defeat for van Gaal's Bayern Munich to have been far more severe.
"If it were up to me, I would have liked it if Inter won 15-0 with five goals from Lucio," he added.
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