As more and more time passes, and more information emerges on the rift between Carlo Ancelotti and his players, Ancelotti looks worse and worse. If kicker is to be believed, it’s a surprise Ancelotti hadn’t been dismissed his post even sooner.
According to kicker, Bayern players were extremely unsatisfied with Ancelotti’s training sessions dating back to last season. Players such as Philipp Lahm and Xabi Alonso had gone to management to voice their displeasure with the coach, and it carried over into this season, with new leaders Manuel Neuer, Thomas Müller, and Jerome Boateng apparently speaking up.
The problem had become so bad that players set up extra sessions on their own at Säbener Straße. When Ancelotti forbade them, they simply did it privately at a different location. Arjen Robben has gone so far as to claim that his son’s training sessions in the “D-Jugend” (approximately ages 11-13) in Grünwald are run better than Ancelotti’s.
Among other details that have emerged, the hiring of Giovanni Mauri, a regular smoker, as fitness coach also raised eyebrows. Mauri's warm-up sessions for the team allegedly lasted all of three minutes.
#FCBayern fitness coach Giovanni Mauri smoking during training. He said: "In my garden I can do that too." [BILD] pic.twitter.com/r9ePz47abQ— Home Bayern (@HomeBayern___) August 25, 2017
And last but not least, Ancelotti hosted “joint Spanish-Italian meals” with players such as James and Thiago that may have influenced his lineup choices. A “poisoned atmosphere” prevailed in the locker room.
This conflict between players and coach may be the worst since Jurgen Klinsmann was in charge during the 2008/09 season. During Klinsmann’s tenure, the players also had to take matters into their own hands. In his book, Lahm claimed that players had to “get together independently before the game to discuss how we wanted to play.”
It is quickly becoming evident that Bayern’s 3-0 loss to PSG following a 2-2 draw at home against Wolfsburg were not the reason for his dismissal, but rather the last straws in a coaching tenure gone unfortunately wrong for all parties involved.