Bayern Munich is the powerhouse club of Europe now, with Barcelona and Real Madrid they’re undoubtedly one of the best in past decade or so. Their utter dominance in Bundesliga is highlighted by the fact that they’ve won 7 out of 10 Bundesliga titles in past decade. Even though they’ve dominated the Champions League for quite some time now, as they were the semi finalists from past 3 seasons and winners of 2012/13 season under Jupp Heynecks. They’ve failed (as per their dominance) to win the coveted champions league to maintain that dominance and to boast about it on European level. Comparatively, Barcelona and Real Madrid both have won it 3 times in past decade.
Pep Guardiola, under who Bayern Munich were three time semi-finalists, before leaving for Manchester City in the summer and and on being replaced by Carlos Ancelotti, said on Spanish TV: “Congratulations to Atletico for making the final. We have tried, as we did last year against Barcelona, and that’s it.
“I am happy to have come here [to Bayern]. I hope that Ancelotti can bring that final step to the team that I could not in three years.”
Carlos Ancelotti is currently the only manager in the history of football who has won the European Cup on three occasions and reached four finals, but his domestic record is rather tainted even after managing some the most richest clubs on planet in his 18 year long career. He has won only 3 domestic titles.
But his Champions League record is something Bayern Munich should look up to as they will try to break the semi-finals jinx and to finally win the Champions League to showcase their supremacy in Europe.
Winner of the Champions League twice as a player and thrice as the manager of AC Milan and Real Madrid, Ancelotti knows what it takes to succeed on European level as he’ll look to go beyond Liverpool’s Bob Paisley to win the Champions League 4 times.
‘To win the Champions League is not easy,’ said Ancelotti in his recent Bayern Munich press conference.
‘All the top clubs start the season with the ambition to win the Champions League and you have to have special conditions to do so. Of course, this is the goal for Bayern Munich but it is also the goal for others. Everyone wants this title.
‘The goal here is to be competitive. I am not saying that just to be in the semi-finals of the Champions League is enough. Bayern Munich has to try to win the competition every year. Unfortunately there is not just one club trying to win it.
‘My work is not easy or not more complicated because (Guardiola never won it). I am coming here after a fantastic manager, a special coach. He has shown a good image for football wherever he has been. I will try to follow his lead. I will try to play offensive football.’
The Italian has a great side at his helm who are even more strengthened by the arrival of Matts Hummels and Portuguese wonderkid Renato Sanches and with all the experience of the likes of Phillip Lahm, Arjen Robben, Frank Ribery & Xabi Alonso, he’ll look to win the Champions League the record fourth time in his career with Bayern Munich.