After a 12 month hiatus, Carlo Ancelotti is back in football as he was officially unveiled as Bayern Munich’s new coach – and he confirmed his predecessor had left a sign for him in his office, written in Italian.
Pep Guardiola departed Bavaria for the glamour of the Premier League after a three year stay at the Allianz Arena and the Spaniard quickly wished the Italian luck in his new job.
As part of his first interview, the former Real Madrid man revealed the extent of Guardiola’s goodwill to newspaper Bild.
“‘Good Luck’ was written in large letters in Italian on the wall.
“I found it very friendly, we have a good relationship,” Ancelotti explained.
There are set to be numerous changes at the club this summer with highly-rated youngster Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg already confirmed to be at Southampton for a medical.
With that being said however, the Italian quickly confirmed the status quo at the very top of the club would remain the same with Philipp Lahm as his captain.
“I have no reason to change it, I think he is a good captain.
“It is important to know the atmosphere inside the dressing room, there are many players with his leadership qualities so we won’t have a problem finding leaders.”
Xabi Alonso is no stranger to Ancelotti’s methods with the pair having worked together at the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu and the coach quickly moved to praise the Spaniard’s skill set.
“I have great confidence in Xabi, I wasn’t happy when left Real Madrid to go to Bayern.
“Alonso is the kind of player I like, he is a really good player technically and he is tactically strong.
“He is a team player, I like team players.”
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