Since arriving at Bayern Munich as the head coach of the German club, Carlo Ancelotti has taken them to a Bundesliga title and a DFL-Supercup which is pretty impressive for a manager who was going through his debut season at the helm of a club – there are plenty of managers who would struggle to match that, even at the perennial Bundesliga winners. It’s a similar story to Jose Mourinho, who won the League Cup and the Europa League in his first season for the Red Devils, with both the experienced coaches now setting their sights firmly on contending for the Champions League title come May 2018.
The 58 year old veteran manager desires to lift the prestigious European trophy once again but he is certain that it´s going to be more difficult to do it in the next season than it has been ever before.
¨I have dreamt of lifting the Champions League for a 4th time. The tournament will be tougher than ever this time around for a series of reasons. There will be the return of the big English clubs like Chelsea and Manchester United, the desire of Barcelona and Bayern Munich to get back on track, Juventus eager to finally lift that trophy after so many lost finals and above all the idea of a Real Madrid hat-trick¨
¨The objective for all of these sides, including Paris Saint-Germain, is at least the semi-final. They all need to be part of Europe’s top four¨ Bayern Munich´s Carlo Ancelotti said. “Whilst our priorities in previous years have been making sure that we dominate at home, in Germany, the time has come for us to prove our dominance amongst the very best in Europe. Whilst it was heart-breaking to go out when we did last year, we went out to the eventual Champions, and we know much more about both them and ouselves this time around.”
During the previous 2016-17 season, Bayern Munich was knocked out of the UEFA Champions League after losing to Real Madrid in the quarter-finals but Ancelotti is hoping that in the upcoming season, his team can bounce back and return better than ever.