Carlo Ancelotti: Bayern don't need to add players

The manager is content with his current squad and doesn’t believe any additions are necessary to contend for another Bundesliga championship.

CHICAGO — While other managers at top European clubs are frantically seeking reinforcements before the summer transfer window closes, Bayern Munich manager Carlo Ancelotti says his squad is set.

Despite the departure of Mario Gotze and Sebastian Rode during the summer, the Italian tactician feels he has the squad he needs to contend for a fifth consecutive Bundesliga — and perhaps add the Champions League to the club’s trophy cabinet for the first time since 2012-13.

“I think that we are covered in all the positions and we don’t need to add any players,” Ancelotti said at a news conference Tuesday. “I’m really happy with the squad. We don’t need to buy another player because I think we are a good squad.”

Ancelotti moved quickly to bolster his squad at the beginning of the summer, adding Portuguese midfielder Renato Sanches from Benfica before the 18-year-old’s breakout in a run to the Euro 2016 title. The club also brought former Bayern youth defender Mats Hummels back to Bavaria from Borussia Dortmund. 

The manager also has said that forward Robert Lewandowski’s presence in the squad is vital, though he’s yet to see the Poland international suit up for his Bayern side. Ancelotti, who spent the last year taking a break from coaching after a stint with Real Madrid, responded that he’d seen enough of Lewandowski over the years to know what he’s going to get out of the reigning Bundesliga Golden Boot winner.

“I have seen him play a lot of times. I’ve seen him score a lot of goals. He’s a fantastic striker,” the manager said. “We need this player, so we are really happy that he’s here. He’s really important for us. He’s not the only player, fortunately.

“I think we are a fantastic squad, and we will be competitive the whole season.”

While Lewandowski is not part of the squad for the Audi Summer Tour, Bayern begins its U.S. tour Wednesday with a match against AC Milan at Solider Field before taking on Inter and Real Madrid in the two subsequent stops.

Carlo Ancelotti: Bayern doesn't need to add players

The manager is content with his current squad and doesn’t believe any additions are necessary to contend for another Bundesliga championship.

CHICAGO — While other managers at top European clubs are frantically seeking reinforcements before the summer transfer window closes, Bayern Munich manager Carlo Ancelotti says his squad is set.

Despite the departure of Mario Gotze and Sebastian Rode during the summer, the Italian tactician feels he has the squad he needs to contend for a fifth consecutive Bundesliga — and perhaps add the Champions League to the club’s trophy cabinet for the first time since 2012-13.

“I think that we are covered in all the positions and we don’t need to add any players,” Ancelotti said at a news conference Tuesday. “I’m really happy with the squad. We don’t need to buy another player because I think we are a good squad.”

Ancelotti moved quickly to bolster his squad at the beginning of the summer, adding Portuguese midfielder Renato Sanches from Benfica before the 18-year-old’s breakout in a run to the Euro 2016 title. The club also brought former Bayern youth defender Mats Hummels back to Bavaria from Borussia Dortmund. 

The manager also has said that forward Robert Lewandowski’s presence in the squad is vital, though he’s yet to see the Poland international suit up for his Bayern side. Ancelotti, who spent the last year taking a break from coaching after a stint with Real Madrid, responded that he’d seen enough of Lewandowski over the years to know what he’s going to get out of the reigning Bundesliga Golden Boot winner.

“I have seen him play a lot of times. I’ve seen him score a lot of goals. He’s a fantastic striker,” the manager said. “We need this player, so we are really happy that he’s here. He’s really important for us. He’s not the only player, fortunately.

“I think we are a fantastic squad, and we will be competitive the whole season.”

While Lewandowski is not part of the squad for the Audi Summer Tour, Bayern begins its U.S. tour Wednesday with a match against AC Milan at Solider Field before taking on Inter and Real Madrid in the two subsequent stops.

Ancelotti doesn't believe Bayern would need to turn to Chicharito

The new Bayern Munich manager doesn’t believe his team will need new signings any time soon, and that includes the player he once managed in La Liga.

CHICAGO — Bayern Munich manager Carlo Ancelotti says that while he’ll look forward to facing Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez in the Bundesliga, he doesn’t see the need to turn to the Mexican forward as a reinforcement. 

Ancelotti managed Chicharito at Real Madrid and said that while he has respect for the forward, he doesn’t believe his Bayern side will need to bring anyone – even Chicharito – into an already strong squad.

“I have a lot of love for Chicharito. He’s a very serious professional, and I had a very good relationship with him at Real Madrid,” Ancelotti said at a news conference Tuesday. “I think now that he’s at Bayer Leverkusen, he’s going to be a very strong opponent, but an opponent is what he is. I’ve got to consider him an adversary. As I’ve said, the team is good as we are, and we’re going to give it all.”

Bayern already boasts impressive attacking firepower, including forwards Robert Lewandowski, whose 30 Bundesliga goals saw him win the Golden Boot, and Thomas Muller and wide men Douglas Costa and Arjen Robben. Last season, under the direction of Pep Guardiola, Bayern scored the second-most goals in the Bundesliga with 82, two behind Borussia Dortumund, which had 82. The next closest team scored 67.

Chicharito and Bayer Leverkusen visit the Allianz Arena on Nov. 26, with Bayern returning the visit on April 15, 2017.

Muller: Beating Dortmund will be more fun this season

The likes of Mario Gotze, Andre Schurrle and Ousmane Dembele have arrived to strengthen Die Roten’s rivals, but the Germany international welcomes the competition

Bayern Munich forward Thomas Muller sees no reason to panic following Borussia Dortmund’s busy transfer market and feels it will only be “more fun” to beat their Bundesliga rivals again this season.

BVB lost key players such as Mats Hummels, Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Ilkay Gundogan, but have used the money from those sales to draft in Mario Gotze, Andre Schurrle, Sebastian Rode, Ousmane Dembele, Marc Bartra, Emre Mor, Raphael Guerreiro and Mikel Merino.

Muller is adamant Dortmund are still a force to be reckoned with following their squad overhaul, but remains confident that Bayern – who beat BVB to the Bundesliga and DFB-Pokal titles last season – have what it takes to come out on top again.

“It’s good fun when your Germany team-mates play for your main rival at club level. It is important for Bayern and for the Bundesliga that Dortmund are strong,” Muller told Sport Bild.


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“They put up a great fight last season and set a new point-record for the runners-up for a reason.

“It’s an extra incentive for us [that Dortmund have strengthened their team]. That only makes it more fun to beat them again.

“Dortmund have signed a lot of high-quality players. I’d say they are favourites to win the title alongside Bayern.

“The major squad changes could be a boost for them.”

Ancelotti trusts me more than Guardiola – Ribery

The former France international delivered a veiled, yet withering, summation of his Die Roten career under the Catalan coach, lamenting a lack of trust

Bayern Munich star Franck Ribery says he feels “more trust” under Carlo Ancelotti since the Italian replaced Pep Guardiola as head coach at the Allianz Arena.

Ribery made just 50 Bundesliga appearances in Guardiola’s three seasons at the helm, beset by a string of injuries and fitness concerns.

The former France international has started all three of Bayern’s pre-season friendlies so far, however, scoring in the wins over Lippstatdt and Landshut.

And, despite the emergence of Douglas Costa and Kingsley Coman under Guardiola last season, Ribery feels refreshed as he looks to put his stamp back on the Bayern side in 2016-17.


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“I feel free and I am fully motivated,” the 33-year-old told Kicker. “Carlo Ancelotti is a gift for the club. Since Ancelotti has arrived, I feel more trust. 

“He’s a great coach. I need people like him, Jupp Heynckes or Ottmar Hitzfeld. I need this trust in me, to play off my strengths. 

“It all depends on things like trust, respect and proximity. Then I cannot only give 100 percent – I can give 150 percent.

“With Ancelotti we can reach something great and I’m really looking forward to the next season.”

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