Bayern hit form as Ancelotti adopts Pep’s tactics

Berlin—Bayern Munich coach Carlo Ancelotti took a leaf out of predecessor Pep Guardiola’s book as the Bavarian giants’ hit form in a 3-1 Bundesliga win at Mainz. Ancelotti experimented with a new-look line up ahead of Tuesday’s visit by Atletico Madrid in a meaningless Champions League game.
There were three main changes to Bayern’s tactics on Friday as Ancelotti adopted the approach of predecessor Guardiola, who steered Bayern to the German league title in each of his three seasons in charge. After a knock to Xabi Alonso, Ancelotti used the same 4-2-3-1 system Bayern used in 2012/2013 when they won the treble of Champions League, Bundesliga and German Cup titles under Jupp Heynckes.
He switched from his usual 4-3-3 line-up, using four players on attack, the minimum number of forwards Guardiola used to field.
For the first time since March, Bayern were able to start with Guardiola’s preferred wingers, using injury-prone veterans Franck Ribery, 33, on the left and Robben, 32, on the right. And Ancelotti also switched Thomas Mueller in from the wing, playing the Germany star as an attacking midfielder just behind Robert Lewandowski, another trademark Guardiola selection.
Poland hot-shot Lewandowski led the scoring with two goals after Mainz had taken an early lead at the Opel Arena.
Colombia’s Jhon Cordoba put the hosts ahead with four minutes gone before Ancelotti’s side, enjoying 72 percent possession, hit back with two Lewandowski goals sandwiched between an Arjen Robben header.—AFP

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