Carlo Ancelotti has been sacked by Bayern Munich a day after their humiliating loss at PSG. Straight after the debacle, chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge stated that it was not a performance which “belonged to Bayern.” There were many factors which led to this sacking and the way Die Roten have been playing this season, things did look bleak for the Italian.
Let’s run through some of the main reasons which was significant in this scenario.
1.) Tactical and Personnel failure: –
Despite the pre-season Bayern had (five losses), many expected them to come through that and perform when it matters. Even Ancelotti wasn’t convinced with his team preparations coming into the season. They had a quiet transfer window with a Real Madrid bench player (James Rodriguez) being their marquee signing.
The first two league games were won but the cracks were there. The team wasn’t 100% ready to fight for bigger things under the current manager. 3 weeks into the season, a loss at Hoffenheim and dropped points at home to Wolfsburg underlined that incompetence.
The game against PSG was perfect for Ancelotti to show he is still good enough. But, starting with team selection to the tactics deployed on the field, everything was poor. He selected a centre-back pairing of Martinez and Sule with Hummels on the bench. Their main man Jerome Boateng wasn’t even named in the squad.
The manager had a plan against a deadly trio of PSG, shoring up the central areas and attacking with width and pace. That went to trash when Neymar went through the defence just 85 seconds in to set up Alves. Since then, he allowed his team to play an open game becoming susceptible to counter-attacks. We all know the end story and Ancelotti accepted his mistakes.
This embarrassment at Paris couldn’t be neglected by the Bayern hierarchy and decided to relieve the Italian of his duties.
2.) Dressing room troubles: –
Handling of so many dressing room egos is always tough for any manager. Ancelotti found it out of his reach and Italian Arrigo Sacchi suggested him to leave the club with respect to this issue. Arjen Robben was asked whether the players are behind their manager. This is a sort of question signalling negativity towards the coach. Eventually, the Dutchman refused to answer the question.
Club president Uli Hoeness claims that five players went against the manager. That incident combined with a player’s refusal to answer meant the manager’s days were numbered. Two of that five being Robben and Ribery was pretty much a surety. They both were left out of the game against PSG too.
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3.) Decrease in Quality of Football: –
There was a general consensus that Pep Guardiola did a good job in creating intensity in general play. One of the main job of Ancelotti was to continue with the good work done by the Spaniard. But, his approach caught up to the players and depletion in performance rate was in display.
Bayern managed to win the Bundesliga last year but it was more of papering over the cracks. The general system of play wasn’t clicking as per the expectations. They unluckily lost to Real Madrid in the Champions League but DFB Pokal semi-final loss to Dortmund was a cause of concern.
The whole of club’s hierarchy were clearly unhappy by this approach from the manager. The relaxed approach and letting players do what they want went the other way. Silly mistakes were happening more often than not. A poor pre-season followed by a mediocre start combined itself for the sacking.
Well, what to say, managers have short life when results don’t go in their favour. In this case, the selection of Ancelotti at Bayern was always debatable and it turned out to be that way. The rumours of him moving to China and Nagelsmann getting his dream job was always disrupting the relationships inside. The Italian never really settled at the club and this sacking might be a win-win situation for both parties.