Ancelotti: We played more directly than Guardiola's Bayern

The Italian coach insists he has not made many changes to the Bundesliga champions since he took charge in the summer, apart from making them a more direct side

Carlo Ancelotti says he has made very few changes to Bayern Munich since replacing Pep Guardiola at the helm, but feels he has turned them into a more direct side.

The defending Bundesliga champions got the 2016-17 campaign off to a great start on Friday as they trounced Werder Bremen 6-0.

Robert Lewandowski netted three, while Xabi Alonso, Philipp Lahm and Franck Ribery were also among the goals in a comfortable win.

Ancelotti was delighted with his team’s performance, but insists they look much the same as they did last term.

“We made ​​a very good start to the game, we scored quickly and completely controlled the game,” he said. 

“I’m very happy, this is a very good performance from my team. 

“In fact, I have changed very little in this team, it’s a great team. We just tried to play a little more directly.”

Ancelotti hailed Lewandowski after the striker scored his second hat-trick in two games, with the Poland international having hit a cup treble against Carl Zeiss Jena a week ago.

“He is a fantastic player,” said Ancelotti. “He is always in the box ready to score.”

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Mats Hummels made his second Bundesliga appearance for Bayern – the first was in May 2007 before his decorated spell at Borussia Dortmund – and the centre-back accepted it felt “weird” to be back at the club after eight years away.

“It was a little weird for me to return to the Allianz Arena,” said Hummels. 

“I was a little nervous, but it’s a perfect start for us, to put us on track in the league.

“For me, I’m still not 100 per cent in my form but it was a good match. The road is still long for us.”

Bayern Munich 6-0 Werder Bremen: Lewandowski hat-trick gives Ancelotti perfect start

Die Roten brushed past a lacklustre Bremen side to claim all three points in the Italian manager’s first league game with the club

Robert Lewandowski scored a hat-trick as Bayern Munich cruised to a 6-0 home win over Werder Bremen in their opening Bundesliga match of the season.

It took the defending champions only eight minutes to open the scoring, with Xabi Alonso thumping in a volley from just outside the penalty area after a cross was half-cleared.

Bremen’s weak resistance was broken again four minutes later when Franck Ribery slipped Lewandowski through on goal and the striker finished superbly from a tight angle.

The dominance continued after the interval when Lewandowski stretched to tap in a Thomas Muller cross, before Philipp Lahm drove in the fourth via the post after more precise passing.

Ribery added a fifth by finishing well from Muller’s pass and Lewandowski completed his treble with a late penalty as Bayern won their first league match of the campaign for the fifth year in a row.

Mats Hummels made his second league appearance for Bayern – the first was in May 2007 before his decorated spell with rivals Borussia Dortmund – while Carlo Ancelotti became the first manager to take charge of teams in Europe’s top five leagues.

Bayern dominated possession from the first whistle, with Muller having an early shot deflected narrowly wide for a corner, and the opening goal soon arrived.
Lahm’s cross was headed straight to Alonso, who teed himself up on the edge of the penalty area and hammered a stunning volley into the top corner.
Muller then forced a fine save from Felix Wiedwald but it was 2-0 to Bayern shortly afterwards.
Lewandowski beat the offside trap to race on to Ribery’s throughball into the left channel and, from a narrow angle, the Poland international produced a brilliant curled finish.
Wiedwald denied Lewandowski and Muller shot at the goalkeeper as Bremen failed to put Bayern under pressure, before Muller hit the post from 25 yards and Lewandowski missed the rebound.
Bayern came close again after 38 minutes as they once more cut Bremen apart easily, with Ribery and Muller involved in a sumptuous one-touch move, but Wiedwald got enough on Lewandowski’s shot to deflect it on to the crossbar.

Lewandowski had a further first-half opportunity in the 42nd minute after Bremen gave away possession, but Wiedwald made the stop as he continued to keep the score down.

The third goal arrived in the first minute after the interval, as Lewandowski was presented with a simple close-range finish from Muller’s superb right-wing centre.

After 65 minutes Bayern scored the fourth goal their dominance deserved to ensure a 14th straight win over Bremen, with Lahm and Muller playing a one-two before the full-back shot across Wiedwald and in off the upright.

Muller was given far too much space to pick out Ribery for a powerful finish and Lewandowski rolled in a penalty for his second hat-trick in two games – he claimed the matchball in the cup thrashing of minnows Carl Zeiss Jena seven days ago – after substitute Rafinha was fouled.

On this evidence Bayern will take some stopping as they aim for a fifth consecutive league title.

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Guardiola was in his own world at Bayern – Muller

The Germany international says new boss Carlo Ancelotti has a closer relationship with the players than his predecessor, who left to join Manchester City this summer

Bayern Munich forward Thomas Muller says Carlo Ancelotti has a closer relationship with the squad than former boss Pep Guardiola, who was “in his own world”.

The Bundesliga champions begin their quest for a fifth consecutive title when Werder Bremen visit the Allianz Arena on Friday.

New head coach Ancelotti has won his first two games at the helm in the DFL-Supercup and DFB-Pokal, with Muller impressed by the Italian’s close bond with Bayern’s star names.

“Ancelotti is a little bit closer to the players,” he told Bild.

“Pep was already a little bit in his own world because he thought for the whole day, ‘How can I move my players two or three meters in a game situation to find a perfect solution?’

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“That was crazy in a positive way!”

Muller does not feel Bayern have dominance over the Bundesliga, insisting Borussia Dortmund always keep them on their toes. 

“From our point of view last year, the league was exciting enough, we felt Dortmund in our backs all the time,” added the 26-year-old.

“They have quality, young new players with a lot of talent who are integrated very well. They made problems for us in the Supercup and it’s not expected for them to drop off now.

“They have always been a team that makes trouble for us up until now, but as a Bayern player I am not responsible for creating tension.”

No need for Bayern revolution – Ancelotti

The Italian says that he wants to build on the “good things” that were present at the Allianz Arena before he arrived, though there will be changes

Carlo Ancelotti insists it will be a case of evolution and not revolution ahead of making his Bundesliga bow in charge of Bayern Munich.

Bayern begin their title defence at home to Werder Bremen on Friday, a week on from a routine 5-0 DFB-Pokal win over Carl Zeiss Jena.

Ancelotti has succeeded Pep Guardiola in the Allianz Arena hotseat after three seasons in which the Catalan oversaw an overhaul in Bayern’s playing style.

The former AC Milan and Chelsea boss is not intending to bring about similar upheaval, although he did suggest Bayern could return to elements of the more direct approach employed during the pre-Guardiola years.

“I have not decided yet how I will play. I want to talk to my players but there will be no revolution,” he told a pre-match news conference.

“I do not want a revolution here. Before my time there were a lot of good things, which I want to build on and maintain.

“I want to do a few things differently, perhaps somewhat vertically so play will come forward quickly.

“The responsibility is, in any case, 100 per cent with me.”

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While Bayern cruised through their Pokal assignment, Werder were humbled 2-1 by third-tier Sportfreunde Lotte and Ancelotti believes this could prey on the minds of Viktor Skrypnyk’s players.

“Werder lost in the cup but [Friday] is another game. We want to start well and we need a lot of concentration,” Ancelotti said.

“Werder still has a good team, although after the cup exit they will be under pressure.”

Having won major honours in Italy, England, France and Spain, Ancelotti is relishing getting to work in Germany’s top flight.

“Everything is new – the championship, the country. Therefore, I look forward to the Bundesliga,” he said.

“I already know the atmosphere a bit, I have seen quite a few stadiums.

“All the fans are in good shape, there is no violence. It is an honour for me to be working here.”