Ancelotti happy to win ugly af­ter record start

The Sun (Malaysia) - - SPORTS -

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

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