'This is not Bayern!' - Carlo Ancelotti gets the boot after PSG humiliation
The end for Carlo Ancelotti at Bayern Munich seemed to come suddenly on Thursday, but his tenure was under threat even before the side's heaviest defeat in the Champions League group stage.
Bayern's 3-0 loss at Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) on Wednesday was just the latest blow for Ancelotti, whose side gave away a two-goal lead to draw with Wolfsburg in the Bundesliga last Friday, coming after a third-round loss to Hoffenheim.
"Our team's performances did not meet our expectations from the start of the season. The game in Paris clearly showed that we had to draw consequences," club chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge said after sacking Ancelotti yesterday.
Ancelotti's backroom staff was also dismissed, while assistant coach and former Bayern defender Willy Sagnol was appointed interim coach "until further notice".
Rummenigge had already promised "consequences" after what he called a "very bitter defeat" the night before, when Ancelotti's side was carved open again and again by PSG's attacking trio of Edinson Cavani, Kylian Mbappe, and Neymar.
Ancelotti raised eyebrows with his starting line-up, leaving experienced wingers Franck Ribery and Arjen Robben as well as defender Mats Hummels on the bench, while Jerome Boateng didn't even make the squad. The Germany defender watched from the stands despite no notice given of any injury. Robben went on only when Dani Alves, Cavani, and Neymar had already put the French side out of sight.
DEFIANT AMID CRITICISM
Ancelotti acknowledged that he would face criticism for his line-up but remained defiant after the game.
"I'm someone who thinks a lot about the line-up. I don't regret anything," the Italian said.
Rummenigge was unimpressed.
"What we saw tonight wasn't Bayern Munich," Rummenigge said in his post-match banquet speech at the five-star L'Hotel du Collectionneur. "It's important that we turn the tide quickly and present ourselves as Bayern Munich. And then also to show that we're a team that has made a splash in Europe and nationally over the last years, and to return to that."
Ancelotti, who led Real Madrid to its 10th Champions League title in 2014 after claiming two titles with Milan in 2003 and 2007, was appointed by the Bayern bosses primarily for success in Europe's premier competition.
Bayern won the last of its five titles in 2013 with Jupp Heynckes at the helm for what was a treble, including Bundesliga and German Cup titles.