Arjen Robben makes stunning claim about Carlo Ancelotti's training methods


There’s only a handful of clubs in the world where winning a league title does little for a manager’s long-term job security.

Barcelona, Real Madrid and some of the elite Premier League clubs have become so accustomed to success that a season without silverware is a complete disaster.

Bayern Munch certainly make the cut in that regard, though five Bundesliga titles and a Champions League crown in addition to three semi-final appearances in the last five years have kept the club hierarchy relatively happy.

Carlo Ancelotti lasted little more than a year in the Bavarian hot seat despite adding a German championship to his glittering managerial trophy cabinet by a massive 15 points.

But the Italian endured an unsatisfactory start to his second campaign in charge. He stumbled to a 2-0 loss away to Hoffenheim in early September before being handed a 3-0 belting on a visit to his former club Paris Saint-Germain last Thursday.

Such is the pressure of life in the dugout at the Allianz Arena, Ancelotti was given no time to turn things around and shown the door just a day later.

Ex-Bayern defender Willy Sagnol has since assumed his role on an interim basis, with the Bundesliga giants hoping to secure a permanent replacement in the near future.

At 58-years-old, Ancelotti is sure to walk into another job before he elects to retire. But the question remains: how did his stature crumble so quickly in Munich?


Well, it’s no secret his training methods have long been questioned by past and present players at the club.

But the latest comment from Arjen Robben has to be the most scathing criticism yet.


Asked for his take on how the recently departed boss fared during his tenure, the 33-year-old made no effort to hold back.

“There’s better training at my son’s youth team [than under Ancelotti],” he told Kicker, per ESPN journalist Mark Lovell.

The same source also claims Xabi Alonso and Philipp Lahm weren’t big fans of the laid-back sessions and complained to other coaches last season.

It’s difficult to imagine Ancelotti could be so out of touch with his players – three Champions League wins and four domestic league titles say it all.

But only his former Bayern squad know with any certainty just how ineffective his approach was during his 12 months at the helm.

Three senior figures have already voiced their view on the matter, so it will be intriguing to see if anyone else speaks out.

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