Carlo Ancelotti appeared at the presentation press conference before the reporters and his new fans, stating:
“I will not drastically change Bayern Munich’s game play. I want to continue following up the strategy used by my predecessor Guardiola, who did an extraordinary job.”
Début in Bundesliga and promptly, after just 7:30, there was the first goal, stemming from one of Guardiola’s fundamental game play principles: slowly advancing the ball and strengthening possession.
Just a few days ago in another press conference, Guardiola reminded everyone that ball possession is not an end in itself.
“My teams maintain possession because I want the ball and, above all, I want to reacquire it quickly. The passing network allows us to push the opposing team onto their half of the pitch so that we can be aggressive straight away.”
And so in this pre-season, true to his word and the desire to enhance the characteristics of his players, Ancelotti set up a playing style that does not deviate much from Guardiola’s. The play begins from a throw-in and it develops from right to left, drawing a large number of opponents into the ball area.