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.”

Copa America hero Vidal makes the cut for Bayern's International Champions Cup squad

The Chilean star will travel to the United States to face Inter and Real Madrid, with Franck Ribery, Javier Martinez and David Alaba among the other big names battling for the ICC

Arturo Vidal has been included in Bayern Munich’s squad for the International Champions Cup just days after returning from post-Copa America leave. 

The Chile midfielder was a key part of his nation’s march to a second successive Copa title in the United States, as they once again beat Argentina on penalties in the final. 

But he will jump right back into action after spending the last month in his native country, as coach Carlo Ancelotti announced the players who will take on AC Milan, Inter and Real Madrid at the pre-season tournament. 

Bayern’s squad in full: 

Goalkeepers: Ulreich, Starke, Fruchtl.

Defenders: Badstuber, Rafinha, Bernat, Lahm, Martinez, Alaba, Hausler. 

Midfielders: Alonso, Vidal, Thiago, Ribery, Ozturk, Dorsch, Benko, Crnicki, Tillman, Feldhahn. 

Forwards: Green, Pantovic, Lappe. 

Landshut 0-3 Bayern Munich: Ribery & Alaba on target in friendly

The Bavarian giants ran out comfortable winners in the pre-season friendly, a match that was overshadowed by Friday’s tragic shooting at a Munich shopping centre

Goals from Franck Ribery, David Alaba and Daniel Hagler helped Bayern Munich to a 3-0 friendly win over Landshut on Saturday in a match that was overshadowed by Friday’s shooting in the Bavarian capital.

The encounter at the Hammerbachstadion started with a minute’s silence and both teams wore black armbands to pay tribute to the victims of the incident at a Munich shopping centre.

Bayern coach Carlo Ancelotti started with Javi Martinez, Philipp Lahm and Juan Bernat, as well as Ribery and Alaba, combined with a number of promising youngsters, including Mario Gotze’s younger brother Felix.

The Bundesliga champions created a number of early chances to break the deadlock and eventually took the lead in the 34th minute when Ribery tapped home from close range after rounding goalkeeper Johannes Huber.

Alaba then doubled Bayern’s lead shortly before the interval with a superb long-range effort that found the top corner.

Young midfielder Hagler had the last word in the closing stages of the game, finding the net after a clever free-kick routine to make it 3-0.

Gotze has not forgotten how to play football – Riedle

The Germany international, who scored the winning goal in the 2014 World Cup final, has returned to his former club and has been backed to make an instant impact

Former Borussia Dortmund star Karl-Heinz Riedle has little doubt Mario Gotze will return to his best at Signal Iduna Park after an underwhelming spell with Bayern Munich.

The Germany international left Dortmund for Bayern in 2013, but failed to live up to the high expectations at the Allianz Arena and signed a four-year deal with BVB on Thursday to complete his return to his boyhood club.

Some have questioned Dortmund’s decision to re-sign the attacking midfielder, but Riedle is confident the 24-year-old will make an immediate impact.

“Gotze is a brilliant player,” Riedle told Bild.

“It is important for him to have returned to the BVB family and to be back home. He will not have forgotten how to play football.

“I don’t think he was as bad as some made him out to be at Euro 2016 in France.

“It’s not like he is a player who has hit rock bottom. Thomas Tuchel will just have to get a few things right. We have all seen last year with Henrikh Mkhitaryan what he can do with a player.”

'There is no answer, just rage' – Javi Martinez devastated by Munich shootings

In the aftermath of the attack in the German city, the Bayern midfielder was devastated and said he wants to “send a hug to the victims and their families”

Bayern Munich midfielder Javi Martinez feels “rage and impotence” over the Munich shootings and expressed sympathy with victims of the attack.

Nine people were killed and at least 16 wounded at the Olympia-Einkaufszentrum shopping mall in the German city by a gunman, who later killed himself.

Spain international Martinez lives near the Olympia and was made aware of the attack by Bayern Munich colleagues in a shared messaging group.

He told Marca: “I was out of town and one team-mate had written something in the group of players we have to ask if we were okay. So I heard, then I put the radio and talked to Juan Bernat, who also told me he was okay.

“The city quickly became a mess and I began to get messages from my house to see if I was alright. 


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“What was happening here is something you cannot believe. You see it every day, you know that the threat exists, but you cannot imagine that you have it so close.”

Martinez added: “It’s amazing to think that you go out to drink, to go back to a known site, and that can cost you your life, just for making that choice.

“You see it on TV and it’s hard to understand. Why, who can do this? There is no answer, only an enormous rage and impotence. 

“I want to send a hug to the victims and their families.”

Bayern are scheduled to play a friendly in Landshut on Saturday, 45 miles away from Munich, and the match remains set to go ahead.