Pep Guardiola left Carlo Ancelotti a message in Bayern Munich office

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Replacing the charismatic Pep Guardiola is quite a challenge, even for someone as successful and experienced as Carlo Ancelotti.

Barcelona post-Guardiola went through two managers before recapturing the winning formula under Luis Enrique and Bayern Munich were keen to ensure they did not go through the same tricky transitional period by appointing Ancelotti this summer.

Although the former Barcelona boss won three consecutive domestic titles during his stint in Germany, his tenure was still considered somewhat of a disappointment following Bayern's failure to make it past the semi-finals of the Champions League.

Ancelotti, who has won Europe's top competition on three separate occasions, has been brought in to end the German champion's continental woes with the task of winning the Bundesliga looking like just a formality for another year.

The 57-year-old addressed the media for the first time since replacing his Spanish predecessor today and revealed Guardiola had left him a warm welcome message in his new office.

The message translates to: "With high esteem, may you have good luck Carlo!"

Guardiola is largely regarded as one of the nicer managers around at the moment and his latest small gesture has certainly reaffirmed that view.

The new Manchester City boss faces the toughest challenge of his coaching career as he embarks on turning the Etihad-based outfit into a dominant force in the Premier League and Europe.

While he may have previously had the luxury of being in a one or two-horse race for the domestic title, Guardiola has moved to England in one of the most highly anticipated seasons.

With Jose Mourinho, Antonio Conte, Jurgen Klopp, Arsene Wenger, Mauricio Pochettino and of course Claudio Ranieri, all coaching in the Premier League, Guardiola will have plenty of to rivals to be wary of.

Meanwhile, his replacement at Munich has promised to pick up where Guardiola left off and will stick with the team's current attacking style.

Ancelotti said: “I’m very happy and proud to be here and I want to thank Bayern for this.

“I know very well that the style of Bayern Munich is to play attacking football and we want to play attacking football.

He added: “I love to play attacking football. We have a fantastic squad and I’m really happy about this. We’ve signed some fantastic players this summer."

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