Bayern Munich may have won five major honours during Pep Guardiola’s tenure in Germany so far, but the club are quickly set to abandon the Spaniard’s possession based style of play when new boss Carlo Ancelotti takes charge at the end of the season.
Changing Bayern’s tactical plan will not be the only alteration that Ancelotti makes when he takes over at the Allianz Arena as the former AC Milan coach already has a number of transfer targets in mind.
Among the former Real Madrid players that the 56-year-old coach wishes to link-up with again at Bayern Munich are Luka Modric, Gareth Bale and Toni Kroos, the latter of which has already played for the Bavarians.
With Robert Lewandowski’s future at the German champions in doubt amid speculation he may move to Real Madrid, Ancelotti is also considering Serie A’s attacking talent with Napoli duo Gonzalo Higuain and Lorenzo Insigne as well as Juventus‘ Paolo Dybala all among his targets.
Despite leading Bayern to two consecutive Bundesliga titles since he succeeded Jupp Heynckes in 2013, Guardiola has come under criticism for his record with the German side in the Champions League where they have twice been thrashed at the semi-final stage.
In one of those semi-finals, Guardiola’s Bayern faced off against Ancelotti’s Real Madrid where Los Blancos ran out 5-0 winners on aggregate despite averaging just 38 per cent of the possession across the tie.
As to where Guardiola will be next season, Manchester United, Chelsea and Manchester City are all apparently trying to tempt the former Barcelona coach to their respective benches.