Created on 2017-02-03 at 14:45 PM by Redaktion
Towards the end of the press conference it was Carlo Ancelotti who asked a question for a change: "Can you understand my German?" Absolutely. The FC Bayern head coach talked about Saturday's encounter with Ingolstadt (Live in English from 15.30 CET in our live ticker and FCBayern.tv Web Radio) in words that could not be mistaken.
As always, Ancelotti has carefully prepared his troops for the match. "It's going to be a difficult task," the Italian cautioned before the clash with the neighbours only 84 kilometres from Munich, who play with "high intensity" and are "very strong" in one-on-ones: "We have to be ready for it." The boss reduced the pace on Thursday, awarding a breather to some of his players so that the men from Munich have enough energy for the match. "Some players were a little tired yesterday, but I think everybody can train fully today," apart from Franck Ribéry and Jérôme Boateng, who are "on track."
No thoughts on Arsenal
It will be crucial for the German record champions to conserve their energy. After all, the Bavarians face a Champions League encounter with Arsenal on Wednesday. But on Saturday Ancelotti will deliberately ignore the last sixteen first leg. "We're not thinking about Arsenal," according to the 57-year-old, "we're in a good situation in the table, and we want to win away to Ingolstadt. If all the players are fit we'll have the best possible line-up."
After the 1-0 win against Wolfsburg in the midweek cup clash, Ancelotti saw an improvement over the 1-1 draw against Schalke, and he hopes the upward trend will continue in Ingolstadt, demanding "more direct play" and that his troops "finish attacks quicker. I want to see a good match."
New confidence in Ingolstadt
The side lying 17th in the table are also looking forward to a good match against their Upper Bavarian neighbours. "It's crucial we believe we can take something away against Bayern. Only then can we achieve something in a match like this," declared FCI coach Maik Walpurgis, who has improved his team especially at home. Ingolstadt have won two of their last three home games, including an encounter with RB Leipzig. The hosts only took two points from their first six matches on their home field this term. "We need confidence, concentration, motivation and focus in our play."
Walpurgis can count on forward Mathew Leckie, who has recovered from a bruised knee and thigh. Marcel Tisserand, who has returned from the African Cup, will be available too. Almog Cohen, who is recovering from a strained ligament, is rated doubtful, whereas forward Moritz Hartmann is sidelined with a thigh injury.