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 By Mark Lovell

Carlo Ancelotti has edge over Pep at Bayern Munich - Trapattoni

Former Bayern Munich boss Giovanni Trapattoni believes compatriot Carlo Ancelotti will be "even more dominant and successful" than Pep Guardiola at the German champions.

Trapattoni, 77, led Bayern to the Bundesliga title in 1997, enjoying two spells in charge of the Bavarians in the '90s.

The Italian coaching legend became a cult at the club following an extraordinary outburst at a news conference, when he openly criticised the fitness and performance of his misfiring squad.

"Of course, Ancelotti has a different style of play than Guardiola," Trapattoni told Bild. "But Bayern will be even more dominant and successful under Ancelotti."

Ancelotti succeeded Guardiola at the helm this summer and under his tutelage, Bayern are unbeaten in the Bundesliga and lead the table on goal difference from Leipzig, who are also as yet undefeated.

The Bavarians have also sealed their pass onto the next stages of both the German Cup and the Champions League.

Trappatoni, who was a European Cup winner (the forerunner to the Champions League) with Juventus in 1985, said that Ancelotti "definitely has a good chance to win" the top prize in European club football with Bayern.

And the former Italy and Ireland national team coach also believes that Germany are strong candidates to win the 2018 World Cup in Russia under Joachim Low.

"Low and Germany are always among the favourites," he said. "I firmly believe Low can defend the title in 2018 and become a double World Champion."

Mark Lovell covers Bayern Munich for ESPN FC. Follow him on Twitter: @LovellLowdown.

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