Bayern enjoying life under Ancelotti
The Allianz Arena clocks showed nine minutes had been played when Carlo Ancelotti celebrated the first Bundesliga goal of his tenure, raising his arms into the Munich night sky. Many more were to follow. The 57-year-old began his first Bundesliga season with a 6-0 victory. No FCB coach and no Bundesliga team have ever had a better start.
"It was a good start. I'm happy," Ancelotti declared after the final whistle. "We pressed forward well, set up many combinations and attacked with many players." Thomas Müller added: "A 6-0 victory is a superb result of course. We were very dominant, there were no major flaws in our play, so we're quite pleased."
Manuel Neuer called the result a "marker," both for his team "so we know where we are" and "for our rivals, considering how dominant we were and how cool we were when posting this 6-0 victory."
Ancelotti's signature tactics and trust
Ancelotti's influence on the team was visible to all. "We played more defensively at times and created space this way," explained Philipp Lahm. "We let them play the first pass and then attacked," reported Neuer, voicing praise for his coach: "He knows how to handle every single player. In his calm way he trusts us to make our own decisions out on the pitch."
The Bavarians showed their gratitude, playing exuberant football and handing their coach a wonderful start to the new season. "The coach has certainly introduced some new facets. He's made a fantastic impression so far. We have fun together," said Thomas Müller. "A 6-0 scoreline, the fans had fun, and we had fun too. We can go home happy."