Even the normally reserved Carlo Ancelotti is capable of showing his emotions. When the players started to sing the old and new German champions’ anthem, the Italian joined in lustily. “Of course I’ll sing,” the coach exclaimed, while promising an encore later that night. Ancelotti was demonstrably thrilled to have won his first championship with the Bavarians.
“I’d like to thank the club, all of the players, and our fantastic fans who supported us throughout the season,” the Italian declared. The 2016/17 championship triumph creates a new entry in the history books, as the 57-year-old has now won the top flight in Italy (AC Milan), England (Chelsea), France (Paris St. Germain) and, after leading Bayern to victory in yesterday’s match, also in Germany. Being a champion in four of the five top leagues is a feat nobody has achieved before him.
“This Bundesliga season has been a fantastic experience,” Ancelotti said happily, “the team has done a great job. We deserved this title and now it’s time to celebrate!” His team obeyed, celebrating deep into the night, just as chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge announced before the flight back to Munich.
Even though the disappointment of elimination from the Champions League and the DFB Cup has weighed heavily in recent days, winning the Bundesliga earned FCB the most “honest” title. “Carlo is a fantastic, experienced coach. He’s done a great job this year, otherwise we wouldn’t have left the pitch as champions with three games to spare,” Rummenigge said in praise of the coach. “We have a coach who we fully trust.” The Italian showed his gratitude: “Karl-Heinz Rummenigge and Uli Hoeneß have supported us throughout. I would like to thank them for that. I’m very happy, to be part of the Bayern family.”