The German pro-Bayern media has rather enjoyed laying into Pep Guardiola since the Spaniard left the club for Manchester City and have made little secret of their glee at Carlo Ancelotti coming in to replace him.
In Bavaria the bitter taste of three consecutive Champions League semi-final defeats against Spanish sides still rankles – and the press is confident that Ancelotti is the man to turn the tide against Atlético on Wednesday night in the Calderón.
“Will Ancelotti do better today that Pep Guardiola?” mused Bild. The tabloid went on to state that Ancelotti will not “make the same mistakes” as Guardiola did against Atlético last season: leaving out Thomas Müller, Franck Ribéry and Jêrome Boateng. “Ancelotti will play the two stars today and Boateng will be in the team!” Bild speculated.
Lewandowski: "We'll score"
Both Karl-Heinz Rummenigge and Robert Lewandowski are also confident. “We have to play differently to the last time we were in Madrid. We know how difficult Atlético are to play against but this time we’ll score,” the Poland striker said.
“We haven’t had good results against Spanish teams in the last three seasons. Now with Carlo Ancelotti we have to opportunity to show that we can get at least one point, or three…” added the club chief executive.
Recommended in English
- NFL Chicago Bears pinpoint Eberflus as Nagy successor
- NFL Could Aaron Rodgers follow Nathaniel Hackett to Broncos?
- NFL Which NFL team has reached the Conference Finals the most in history? Full list
- BARCELONA Who will Barcelona sign before the end of the January transfer window?
- TRANSFER MARKET Real Madrid: Palmeiras to slap €100m price tag on Brazil wonderkid Endrick
- SERIE A Vlahovic tipped to fill Cristiano Ronaldo's boots at Juventus