Carlo Ancelotti eyes a sixth Champions League triumph for Bayern Munich

 

  • Carlo Ancelotti has been unveiled as the new manager of Bayern Munich during a news conference on Monday
  • The Italian takes over from Pep Guardiola after the Spaniard left to join Manchester City earlier this summer
  • He signed a three-year deal at the Allianz Arena and will be entrusted to deliver a sixth Champions League title

Carlo Ancelotti has pledged there will be no dramatic revolution as he begins the task of delivering Bayern Munich the prize they crave above all.

The Italian was officially presented at the Allianz Arena on Monday as Pep Guardiola’s successor, having signed a three-year deal, and his mission over the course of his contract will be to lead Bayern to their sixth Champions League success.

Winning the biggest prize in club football is an obsession in Munich but that objective proved beyond Guardiola, who was eliminated in the semi-finals in each of his three seasons here. Though he won seven trophies, some regard a failure to lift the Champions League as a stain on his CV.

Carlo Ancelotti, with CEO Karl Heinz-Rummenigge, holds aloft a Bayern Munich shirt as he is unveiled as manager of the German giants

Carlo Ancelotti, with CEO Karl Heinz-Rummenigge, holds aloft a Bayern Munich shirt as he is unveiled as manager of the German giants

Ancelotti was in no mood to waste time, quickly donning his work clothes to oversee training in preparation for Bayern's title defence

Ancelotti was in no mood to waste time, quickly donning his work clothes to oversee training in preparation for Bayern’s title defence

The boss has plenty of experience of working with the Continent's biggest names, so he'll be at ease managing Dutch flyer Arjen Robben

The boss has plenty of experience of working with the Continent’s biggest names, so he’ll be at ease managing Dutch flyer Arjen Robben

The smiling Italian was afforded a warm, traditional Bavarian style welcome on the pitch of the club's imposing Allianz Arena stadium

The smiling Italian was afforded a warm, traditional Bavarian style welcome on the pitch of the club’s imposing Allianz Arena stadium

Ancelotti was paraded around the pitch by children in replica Bayern Munich kits after a holding a news-conference inside the stadium

Ancelotti was paraded around the pitch by children in replica Bayern Munich kits after a holding a news-conference inside the stadium

The serially successful Ancelotti is targeting a fourth Champions League triumph as a manager and a sixth overall for Bayern Munich

The serially successful Ancelotti is targeting a fourth Champions League triumph as a manager and a sixth overall for Bayern Munich

The former AC Milan, Chelsea, PSG and Real Madrid boss tentatively holds a pair of lederhosen. with Rummenigge keeping watch nearby

The former AC Milan, Chelsea, PSG and Real Madrid boss tentatively holds a pair of lederhosen. with Rummenigge keeping watch nearby

Ancelotti’s pedigree in the European Cup is beyond dispute – he won it twice as a player with AC Milan then a further three times as a manager with AC Milan and Real Madrid – but, as is his way, there was no bold declaration about what he wants to achieve.

Clearly, though, the target for Ancelotti is to move beyond Liverpool’s Bob Paisley and become the first head coach to win the Champions League four times – and he believes Guardiola has left him the strongest foundations to realise that ambition.

‘To win the Champions League is not easy,’ said Ancelotti, whose first game will be against Guardiola’s Manchester City next Wednesday.

‘All the top clubs start the season with the ambition to win the Champions League and you have to have special conditions to do so. Of course, this is the goal for Bayern Munich but it is also the goal for others. Everyone wants this title.

‘The goal here is to be competitive. I am not saying that just to be in the semi-finals of the Champions League is enough. Bayern Munich has to try to win the competition every year. Unfortunately there is not just one club trying to win it.

‘My work is not easy or not more complicated because (Guardiola never won it). I am coming here after a fantastic manager, a special coach. He has shown a good image for football wherever he has been. I will try to follow his lead. I will try to play offensive football.’

Ancelotti will also have Xabi Alonso (left) and Franck Ribery at his disposal. Like Robben, the pair had a summer off so will be raring to go

Ancelotti will also have Xabi Alonso (left) and Franck Ribery at his disposal. Like Robben, the pair had a summer off so will be raring to go

The 57-year-old familiaries himself with his new home as he prepares for life as manager of the 26-times Bundesliga champions

The 57-year-old familiaries himself with his new home as he prepares for life as manager of the 26-times Bundesliga champions

Ancelotti will take charge of his first game at the Allianz Arena on July 20, when Pep Guardiola returns with Manchester City

Ancelotti will take charge of his first game at the Allianz Arena on July 20, when Pep Guardiola returns with Manchester City

Ancelotti steps out onto the Aliianz Arena turf for the first time. His ambition is to win the Champions League, which he admits is not easy

Ancelotti steps out onto the Aliianz Arena turf for the first time. His ambition is to win the Champions League, which he admits is not easy

Ancelotti and his wife Mariann Barrena McClay hold lederhosen while a band dressed in local clothing play music behind them

Ancelotti and his wife Mariann Barrena McClay hold lederhosen while a band dressed in local clothing play music behind them

ANCELOTTI CAREER CV

1995-96: Reggiana

1996-98: Parma

1999-2001: Juventus

2001-09: AC Milan

2009-11: Chelsea

2011-13: PSG

2013-15: Real Madrid

2016-Present: Bayern Munich

Guardiola’s most striking achievement in Germany was transforming the brand of football Bayern played and Ancelotti does not believe much needs to be changed to keep them as the Bundesliga’s dominant force.

‘I know very well that the style of Bayern is to play attacking football,’ he said. ‘I have a fantastic squad here and I am really happy with it. We have signed some fantastic players and we will try to do our best. That is our goal. I am not here to do a revolution. Guardiola’s job was fantastic.

‘This is one of the biggest clubs in the world. Everyone works in life to be here, coaching these top teams. Pep left me a little message on the wall. I have a very good relationship with him. I am the second Italian coming here after (Giovanni) Trapattoni. He is a legend. I hope to leave a legacy here like him.’

Ancelotti took a year out after leaving Real Madrid in 2015 though Bayern began talks to recruit him last October, around the period when Liverpool were considering their options following Brendan Rodgers’ dismissal.

Ancelotti poses for a photograph inside Bayern Munich's home dressing room, in front of a message welcoming the new man in town

Ancelotti poses for a photograph inside Bayern Munich’s home dressing room, in front of a message welcoming the new man in town

The Italian is looking to become the most successful manager in European Cup history with a fourth triumph at Bayern Munich

The Italian is looking to become the most successful manager in European Cup history with a fourth triumph at Bayern Munich

Ancelotti listens through an earpiece as he addresses the media for the first time since succeeding Pep Guardiola at the Bavarians' helm

Ancelotti listens through an earpiece as he addresses the media for the first time since succeeding Pep Guardiola at the Bavarians’ helm

Ancelotti will be expected to continue the attacking revolution fostered by Pep Guardiola during his three years in charge of the club

Ancelotti will be expected to continue the attacking revolution fostered by Pep Guardiola during his three years in charge of the club

Ancelotti, lost in concentration as he listens to his inquisitors, raises his eyebrow, an action for which the Italian is renowned

Ancelotti, lost in concentration as he listens to his inquisitors, raises his eyebrow, an action for which the Italian is renowned

‘It is like we have won him,’ said Karl Heinz-Rummenigge, Bayern’s chief executive. ‘He is the right head coach at the right time in the right place. I think we will have a great partnership. Our discussions were very uncomplicated. A lot of English clubs wanted him, so we had to act fast.’

He inherits a squad that has been bolstered by the arrivals of Mats Hummels, the German international from Borussia Dortmund, and Renato Sanches, the young midfielder who has enhanced his reputation after starring in Portugal’s successful Euro 2016 campaign.

Those deals were announced in April – but Ancelotti insists he was fully involved in the discussions. He was reluctant, however, to discuss the future of Mario Gotze, who had attracted strong interest from Liverpool but has underwhelmed in the three years he has been in Munich.

‘We agreed totally, 100 per cent, to get these players,’ said Ancelotti. ‘I think that the cub worked really well to get them. As for Gotze, it is the same with (Mehdi) Benatia. He is a player at Bayern. Until that changes, I do not have to think about anything else.’

Bayern Munich will be the eighth club Ancelotti has managed, in four countries, after beginning his coaching career at Reggiana in 1995

Bayern Munich will be the eighth club Ancelotti has managed, in four countries, after beginning his coaching career at Reggiana in 1995

Ancelotti holds court, revealing he was on board with the recruitment to Bayern this summer of Mats Hummels and Renato Sanches

Ancelotti holds court, revealing he was on board with the recruitment to Bayern this summer of Mats Hummels and Renato Sanches

Source: Daily Mail

 

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