Bayern Munich may have overturned a 1-0 half time scoreline to win their eleventh home match of the season 3-1 against lowly Darmstadt 98 but it seems some of the home fans were not happy.
Despite briefly moving 11 points clear of second-place Dortmund, a section of the home support unfurled a banner suggesting that they never did care much for their Spanish manager anyway.
It was not quite “Auf Wiedersehen, Pep” but the message was clear.
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A fourth consecutive Bundesliga title is bang on target but a club like Bayern Munich is judged on Champions League success and two losing semi-finals is not what the supporters in Bavaria were hoping for.
The Germans last won the Champions League in 2012/13 when achieving an unprecedented European and domestic treble under then-manager Jupp Heynckes.
Now that football’s worst kept secret is out and it has been confirmed that the Catalan will be the man in the Manchester City hot-seat next season, things could get a bit tricky if Bayern were to meet City in the latter stages of the Champions League.
The UEFA Champions League is big business and obviously some Bayern supporters feel that they cannot afford to have a manager with mixed emotions and divided loyalties.
Carlo Ancelotti is due to take over in the summer and he has won three Champions Leagues as a manager, plus two European Cups as a player.
Next season, the affable Italian will have a chance to claim a fourth Champions League crown and become the first manager to win three titles with three different clubs. This would be a great way to welcome him into the Bayern Munich family and at the same time, plunge a metaphorical dagger into the heart of Jose Mourinho.
The Portuguese may not be the “enemy of football” but there may well be mixed emotions and divided loyalties throughout Europe if Mourinho were to finally claim his own personal holy grail.
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