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Carlo Ancelotti’s mistake
Carlo Ancelotti’s mistake
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Bayern Munich fans must be shocked to see what their club has become this season, the biggest club in the Bundesliga losing games they have no business losing. The club’s fans are not alone in this, pretty much every enthusiastic football fan is shocked too, especially since the beginning of this season. But what exactly did Carlo do wrong?

Carlo Ancelotti was appointed manager at the beginning of the 2016/2017 season after Pep left for Manchester City, and it was a period of his career he would likely want to forget, despite the fact that he won the league title in his first season. A club like Bayern doesn’t exactly need an exceptional manager to win the league title with the kind of quality they already have in the squad compared to their league rivals; and with the constant additions, winning the league should be the bare minimum.

Ancelotti is one of the most successful football managers ever and has managed some of the biggest clubs in Europe, so it made sense to assume that he would at least maintain the previous manager’s successes, but alas this wasn’t the case. As they do at the beginning of every season, the club brought in some new additions to strengthen the side, notably James Rodriguez from Real Madrid and Corentin Tolisso from Lyon, and so Carlo couldn’t complain of lack of transfer backing from the board. What then went wrong?

Some of Pep Guardiola’s supporters have pointed at the challenge faced by Carlo Ancelotti and his eventual sack as proof that Pep did an exceptional job of winning the league title while he was there.

Some would say that Ancelotti made the same mistake Tata Martino made when he was at Barcelona; the mistake that made him the only manager after Pep that didn’t win the league title with the Spanish club: he refused to acknowledge the ego of the special players at the club.

Some top clubs have a special group of players that have achieved cult status at the club so much that the club would rather lose the manager than lose those players. For Barcelona, it was Lionel Messi, Xavi, and Iniesta, with Messi being the highest rated. Tata Martino wanted to install himself as the numero uno at the club, and in the process, rubbed Messi the wrong way, it cost him his job. Ancelotti made a similar mistake.

Doubt anybody in football would argue the fact that Carlo Ancelotti is one of the biggest football names in the world. Having managed some of the biggest egos in clubs like Real Madrid and AC Milan (at their peak), it was reasonable for him to expect that no player at Bayern Munich was big enough to faze him, and sadly, the “over-consciousness” of this is what cost him his job.

According to Uli Hoeness, Bayern Munich’s president, Ancelotti had five players against him as at when he was sacked. One of those players is Thomas Muller, perhaps the biggest icon of German football at the moment (After Phillip Lahm’s retirement), and the Italian failed to acknowledge that. The other players Ancelotti might had problems with are Arjen Robben, Franck Ribery, and Boateng, some of the other biggest players in the club, and it is no wonder that he lost the dressing room, and after losing the dressing room, there is not much a manger can do to make a team win games.

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Schalke 04
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OVERALL TABLE PTS GP W D L GF GA +/-
1. Borussia Dortmund 20 9 6 2 1 25 7 18
2. Bayern München 20 9 6 2 1 22 7 15
3. RB Leipzig 19 9 6 1 2 16 10 6
4. Hoffenheim 16 9 4 4 1 16 11 5
5. Schalke 04 16 9 5 1 3 12 9 3
6. Hannover 96 15 9 4 3 2 10 7 3
7. Eintracht Frankfurt 14 9 4 2 3 10 9 1
8. Mönchengladbach 14 9 4 2 3 13 17 -4
9. Bayer Leverkusen 12 9 3 3 3 20 14 6
10. FC Augsburg 12 9 3 3 3 12 10 2
11. Hertha BSC 10 9 2 4 3 9 11 -2
12. Mainz 10 9 3 1 5 10 15 -5
13. VfB Stuttgart 10 9 3 1 5 6 11 -5
14. VfL Wolfsburg 9 9 1 6 2 9 12 -3
15. SC Freiburg 8 9 1 5 3 6 17 -11
16. Hamburger SV 7 9 2 1 6 6 15 -9
17. Werder Bremen 5 9 0 5 4 3 9 -6
18. 1.FC Köln 2 9 0 2 7 3 17 -14

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