Former FC Bayern Munich coach Pep Guardiola returns to Munich’s Allianz Arena stadium tomorrow, Wednesday, July 20, 2016 as the manager of the Manchester City F.C., while Carlo Ancelotti is set for his first home match with Munich’s Reds.
The match is of course a friendly and the teams aren’t complete yet as many UEFA Euro and Copa America stars haven’t begun training yet, also both teams are still expected to be active on the market for new players for next season. The Premiership won’t start until August 13, while the Bundesliga is set to kick off two weeks later, on August 26. Nevertheless, the match has drawn graet attention in Germany and is going to be broadcasted live on German public television (ZDF, 8:15pm).
Carlo Ancelotti for fcbayern.de: “I have a very good relationship with Pep,” Ancelotti commented after Friday's training session at the Säbener Strasse: “He did an outstanding job here.” Ancelotti is looking forward to meeting Guardiola on Wednesday, but he does not need the Catalan's expertise with regard to FC Bayern. “I already know my team very well. Every coach has his own style. I'll try to introduce my ideas, but Pep has shaped FC Bayern's style of play of course.”
The meeting between Ancelotti and Guardiola is at the centre of attention, but the two coaches focus on other things. “We want to win and turn in a good display,” explained Ancelotti: “Every friendly is important to us, but tomorrow's match is even more important since it's our first home match.” Like in Lippstadt, the players will not play the full 90 minutes against Man City, but that is “perfectly normal” at this point of the summer pre-season period, according to Ancelotti.
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