Ancelotti happy to win ugly after record start
CARLO ANCELOTTI was happy for illness-hit Bayern Munich to win ugly in yesterday’s 3-1 comeback victory against Ingolstadt as the Bundesliga giants finally conceded a goal this season.
Ancelotti replaced Pep Guardiola as Bayern’s head coach at the start of the season and the Bavarians scored 20 goals without reply in winning their first five competitive games.
Their 5-0 Champions League drubbing of Rostov on Tuesday meant Bayern enjoyed the best start to a season in the club’s history – bettering the start to each of Guardiola’s three seasons in Bavaria.
But a stomach bug to defenders Philipp Lahm, David Alaba and forward Thomas Muller forced Ancelotti into some last-minute changes against Ingolstadt yesterday.
The visitors took advantage of Bayern’s misfortune in the Bavarian derby by becoming the first team to score against Ancelotti’s team.
Paraguay striker Dario Lezcano scored after just eight minutes to silence the 75,000-strong crowd in Munich.
But a superb display from goalkeeper Manuel Neuer protected Bayern’s lead after Robert Lewandowski, Xabi Alonso and Rafinha netted to keep Munich top in Germany.
“Sometimes our defence shows that we have the best goalkeeper in the world. He was really good,” said Ancelotti with a grin.
“It was a difficult game, after the drop-outs I had to reorganise the back four,” he added, having fielded a newlook defence of Rafinha, Germany’s Joshua Kimmich, Javi Martinez and Juan Bernat.
“Ingolstadt played well, they pressed us high up and played long balls in order to use their quality in the air.
“It is not always possible to play well, but we showed character.
“Then you have to show your other qualities, which is what the team did.
“We only made things clear after the lovely goal from Rafinha, but sometimes football is like that.”
There was good news for Ancelotti as Germany defender Jerome Boateng made his first appearance this season, off the bench for the last 10 minutes, after injury. – AFP