Bayern Munich have gone from strength to strength in recent years, achieving their desired targets in almost every season. They were beginning to dominate German football under Jupp Heynckes and followed it up with a makeover under Pep Guardiola in terms of their style of play.
Now with Carlo Ancelotti set to take charge, the Bavarians will undoubtedly continue in their quest of reigning supreme domestically, but their focus will also be on European success.
Ancelotti has a terrific history in Europe, being the only manager to win the competition three times, reaching the final on four occasions. Regarded among the elite managers in world football, the Italian is the perfect candidate to guide Bayern to Champions League glory – a title that has eluded them under the management of Pep Guardiola.
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The Catalan boss admitted, as per ESPN, Ancelotti can bestow them with the finishing touch that he himself failed to deliver during his time at Allianz Arena.
However, the former Chelsea coach needs to address certain matters within the club in order to achieve the results.
PLAYERS SURPLUS TO REQUIREMENTS
Ancelotti took a year-long sabbatical after his Real Madrid spell and inevitably had the chance to observe the squad carefully throughout the last campaign. Many new faces took the limelight, while former stars gave way for younger prodigies to shine.
Players like Arjen Robben, Franck Ribery and Rafinha have nonetheless been phenomenal in prior seasons. But with a fresh incoming manager, they seem to have run their course and might not be required by the Ancelotti in the coming year. Hence, moving for pastures new would be ideal for all parties concerned.
Younger stars like Mehdi Benatia and Mario Gotze could consider staying put but they will have to compete to earn the right for a first-team place.
Acquisitions of Mats Hummels and Renato Sanches does put their position in jeopardy, pushing them further down the pecking order.
KEEPING HOLD OF ROBERT LEWANDOWSKI
The Polish ace Robert Lewandowski has carried on from where he left at Borussia Dortmund in 2014. In his two years at Munich, he amassed a total of 67 goals in 100 appearances for the club and was the top scorer in the German top-flight with 30 goals from 32 games in 2015-16.
Lewandowski is one of the most potent forwards in Europe and with him leading the attack upfront, Ancelotti can feel confident that, providing his midfield create chances, the Pole will put them away.
FORMER ASSISTANT JOINING BACKROOM STAFF
Paul Clement has been appointed as the assistant manager for Ancelotti at Bayern. The 57-year-old boss has had the Englishman as his right-hand man since their Chelsea days back in 2009.
Following the Italian to Paris Saint-Germain and Real Madrid, Clement enjoyed plenty of success. The former Derby manager's familiarity with Ancelotti's preferred tactics should help Bayern's stars adapt quickly to the post-Guardiola era.
The duo share a strong camaraderie which can only benefit the German champions in the long run. Their expertise, especially in Europe, will be instrumental in guiding the club forward next season and beyond.
THE IMPACT OF XABI ALONSO
Former Real Madrid midfielder Xabi Alonso experienced previously what it is like to play under Carlo Ancelotti while in the Spanish capital and the ex-Galactico is set to link up with the Italian once again in Munich.
Ancelotti will want to make the most of Alonso’s presence by not only him having an impact when on the pitch but as well as off it too. Bayern are in a transitional phase so having the perfect balance between youth and experience within the club is crucial.
The 34-year-old was one of the favourites of Ancelotti at Santiago Bernabeu and hence could be designated an additional role of mentoring the up and coming youngsters.
The Munich-based outfit have been ousted from the Europe competition in the semi-finals by Spanish oppositions in the last three years and being accustomed to different leagues across the continent, Ancelotti can deliver the impetus needed to go that extra inch.
Bayern have a champion in their ranks who will give them the best possible chance of securing a Champions League triumph sooner rather than later.