Despite Bayern Munich having played their first Bundesliga match without Carlo Ancelotti, the fallout from his dismissal continues with it emerging that senior players were taking part in training sessions behind the coach’s back.
It has been widely reported that the departure from Pep Guardiola’s intense style of training had been difficult for a number of the club’s stars, yet this was exacerbated further by the former Real Madrid coach’s more relaxed approach.
In a report published by ‘Kicker’ on Monday, it has been alleged that several players were so determined that Ancelotti was not right for the job in Munich, they trained behind his back as part of their own schedules.
Manuel Neuer, Thomas Muller and Jerome Boateng have all been named as rebelling, along with the previously publicised list of dissenting voices, which included Franck Ribery, Arjen Robben and Mats Hummels.
Several of the aforementioned players went above the former Chelsea coach’s head at the beginning of the 2017/18 season to discuss training sessions with the organisation’s hierarchy. CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge, was visited by numerous players who protested against the level of training sessions.
What is interesting is that this meeting was not kept a secret from the 58-year-old, Ancelotti was informed of the situation, yet he refused to change his approach to training.
This is when the decision was taken by players to meet in secret and complete the training they felt necessary to compete at the very top level.
Robben was the most outspoken critic, the Dutch winger was dissatisfied with the sessions and even suggested his own son received a better standard of coaching with Bayern Munich’s youth team.
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vibehubs.com | credit:marca.com |Kicker: Bayern Munich players trained behind Ancelotti’s back