Ancelotti: “At Bayern I have a president who was a player and more easily understand what happens”
“The fact that the Madrid train is good for him and for the club, I saw him when he was my deputy and the key is to have the respect of the players. The players had problems with (Rafael) Benitez and when Zizou arrived everything changed. All players put their service , “said Ancelotti.
The Italian coach said he advised him to stay in Madrid two years ago when Girondins Bordeaux made an offer and applauded his decision to take charge of Castile.
“He has studied much. He had the courage to be my deputy, to train the Castile. Knows the club.I think in Madrid is surrounded by a good atmosphere,” he said.
Ancelotti said Zidane has wiggle room because “it is only in his second year at the helm.”
The coach said the main difference found in Bayern with respect to Real Madrid is in the presidency: “The novelty is that here you have a president (Franz Beckenbauer) who was a player and, necessarily, comprises more easily what happens”.
“In Madrid there is much outside pressure. Many newspapers, radios, televisions. That is very noticeable. In Germany the atmosphere is different,” he said.
Along with Madrid, Bayern coach pointed to Barcelona, Manchester City and PSG as rivals to avoid before the semifinals of the Champions League.
As Atletico Madrid, finalist last year and its rival next week, the Italian said: “against them are never easy matches” for “his organization of the game, their aggressiveness and intensity.”
While acknowledging that the French striker Antoine Griezmann “can play in all major European clubs,” he added that, today, does not change anyone by Polish striker Robert Levandowski.