Sacking Carlo Ancelotti, one of the world’s best football managers – Everything you need to know
Here, lads, is the story of how the ONLY manager to have won 3 UEFA Champions League titles and 2 Club World Cup titles was shown the door after losing (miserably) to another European giant PSG; a team that has enough money to have in its starting XI the world’s most expensive player, Neymar Jr.
Let’s start from the beginning. But first, fun fact:
So here was a fixture that pundits and gamblers predicted we would be seeing again in the Champions League final.
Little did they know that an imminent 3-0 obliteration by the Eifel Tower city inhabiting PSG was in order.
Now, somehow PSG and Bayern Munich stumbled upon the same group in the Champions League after over 15 years. 15. YEARS!
Let’s look over our backs into history lanes. PSG have won 5 times against Bayern Munich in all their fixtures right from 1994.
So by the looks of it, yes, Ancelotti did have it coming.
But the stats weren’t the only thing that didn’t go his way. A lot of the senior players didn’t either; 5 senior players to be precise. Not explicitly mentioned but Arjen Robben, Thomas Muller, Matt Hummels, Robert Lewandowski and Franck Ribery were a part of the bandwagon.
Arjen Robben was asked whether he still backed his manager, to which the Dutchman replied: “I won’t answer this question. The lineup is the coach’s business. I will say nothing about it. Every word in this case would be one too many. The important thing is that we stick together now as a team. We need peace. Anyone who now wears his dissatisfaction on the outside, does not help the team.”
Yes they won the Bundesliga last season and he (Ancelotti) got to play only 8 games this season at the Allianz Arena but that was it. They were held back to a 2-2 against Wolfsburg after leading 2-0 and then followed the horrific tanking to PSG with a 3-0 score line.
It’s surprising to accept how an Ancelotti, a man responsible for Real Madrid’s fastest counter attack would complain that a stronger PSG side were too fast on the counter attack. Don’t believe us? Here’s a video showing you exactly how fast his counter attack used to be.
Here’s another video of the game’s tactical analysis that breaks down PSG and Unai Emery’s genius to trounce Germany’s strongest side and ergo the sacking of Carlo Ancelotti.
Beckham, though was all in support of Ancelotti stating that he still is the best remembering his time working with Ancelotti at PSG and AC Milan but evidently he wasn’t training in the FC Bayern Munich camp to know what was going on backstage.
Ancelotti is on a 10 month break now with moves linked back home to Milan. But he could be well on his way to London given that Arsenal fans are in desperate need of a Wenger replacement (come on guys, let’s face it) and that Conte publically voiced his opinion to return back home at some point in the future.
But what about Bayern Munich?
Jurgen Klopp seems to be a good option given his failing stint at Liverpool. Luis Enrique too, but his lack of German speaking skills could be a hindrance. Jupp Heynckes was the latest to be linked to the move but this will be his 4th time at the Allianz Arena and a lot has changed since then.
Thomas Tuchel seems to be the only likely frontrunner then. What fun Borussia Dortmund v/s Bayern Munich matches are going to be!