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Sunday, 20 December 2015

Carlo Ancelotti to replace Pep Guardiola at Bayern

News just coming in from goal.com says Bayern Munich have announced that Carlo Ancelotti will take charge of the club next season and will replace Pep Guardiola, who is to depart.
Meanwhile, Former Bayern Munich midfielder Olaf Thon has joked that Pep Guardiola could successfully turn goalkeeper Manuel Neuer into a right-winger.

Guardiola has long been credited with changing football with the evolution of his 'tiki-taka' style of play at Barcelona and has been able to develop players with startling success at Bayern.

Speaking to Omnisport, Thon - who won three Bundesliga titles and the Uefa Cup with Bayern - said: "To substitute players like Franck Ribery and Arjen Robben with Douglas Costa and Kingsley Coman was a masterpiece.

"To develop a player like Jerome Boateng and widen Philipp Lahm’s position, as he is now a right-winger, Rafinha on the left side - Pep Guardiola revolutionised in places we didn't even think about.

"The peak would be to put Manuel Neuer on the right wing. Even this wouldn't be impossible."

Thon is in no doubt Ancelotti will be a success at the Allianz Arena, adding: "Bayern has done everything right, to sign the best coach available.

"Bayern will not perish. We will have a different style of a coach with Carlo Ancelotti, who will be successful with his own style of play.

"To follow up Pep Guardiola won't be easy. Pep took the team from triple-winner Jupp Heynckes and developed it even further. Even though he didn't win the big titles.

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