Ancelotti relieved as Bayern coach

By Daily Sports on September 29, 2017

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Coach Carlos Ancelotti has been relieved as Bayern Munich coach in the wake of their Champions League defeat at the hands of Paris Saint-Germain, the club announced on Thursday.

"FC Bayern Munich have parted company with head coach Carlo Ancelotti as a result of internal discussions following the 3-0 defeat in the Champions League group stage match at Paris Saint-Germain," Bayern said in a statement on their website.

Former player Willy Sagnol, the ex-France international who had been serving as an assistant to Ancelotti, has been named interim coach. The 40-year-old has previously coached Bordeaux in his homeland.

But Bayern have also parted company with four Italian members of Ancelotti's backroom staff, including his son Davide.

Pressure had already been building on Ancelotti, 58, with Bayern enduring an inconsistent start to the season before losing 3-0 to PSG in the French capital on Wednesday.

After that game the Italian was questioned by German media about his tactics and team selection, following his decision to leave Franck Ribery, Arjen Robben and Mats Hummels on the bench at kick-off.

"The performance of our team since the start of the season did not meet the expectations we put to them," said Bayern chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge.

"The game in Paris clearly showed that we had to draw consequences. (Sporting director) Hasan Salihamidzic and I had an open and serious discussion with Carlo today and informed him of our decision.

"Carlo is my friend and will remain so, but we had to make a professional decision in the interests of FC Bayern. I now expect the team to have a positive development and top performance, so we can reach our goals for this season."

The defeat in Paris was Bayern's heaviest since losing 3-0 away to Barcelona in the Champions League semifinal first leg in May 2015. © AFP

•Photo shows Carlos Anchelotti.

Source Daily Sports

Posted September 29, 2017


 

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