Cape Town - Bayern
Munich coach Carlo Ancelotti refused to accept criticism of his team
selection for the Champions League tie against PSG after the Bavarians
went down to a 3-0 defeat.
Ancelotti made several changes to his lineup from last weekend’s
Bundesliga fixture, leaving experienced trio Mats Hummels, Arjen Robben
and Franck Ribery on the bench.
The German champions struggled to control PSG’s attacking trio of
Neymar, Edinson Cavani and Kylian Mbappe, with Cavani and Neymar
grabbing a goal each, while the Brazilian also set up compatriot Dani
Alves for the opener after just 90 seconds.
Still, the former Chelsea and Real Madrid coach rejected suggestions that his tinkering was responsible for the defeat.
"No, I don't think so. I thought a lot to try to put out the best
lineup. I am going to have criticism for this but it is no problem. I'm
still convinced it was a good lineup but the situation of the game was
against us," Ancelotti said afterwards..
Asked about his decision to leave Ribery on the bench, Ancelotti
said: "I have the same relationship with all the other players that were
on the bench. I have no problem with him - every player knows that
sometimes they have to go on the bench."
Bayern fell behind when Neymar dribbled past several Bayern defenders
to lay the ball across goal for Alves to fire through the legs of
keeper Sven Ulreich, a goal which Ancelotti felt changed the complexion
of the game.
"The reason was the first goal - we conceded after one minute," he
said. "After that, we did not have the balance to avoid counter-attacks.
I think that in the first half we had good control of the game,
possession and some opportunities.
"But we weren't dangerous enough and we didn't have enough balance to
avoid counter-attacks. PSG played the whole game on the counter-attack
and we were not able to control this."
Ancelotti also refused to blame his backup keeper.
"Ulreich did his job," he said. "We have to focus on what we can do
better. As I said, it would have been better to have more balance on the
pitch and avoid the counter-attack."