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 By Mark Rodden

Bayern's Carlo Ancelotti worried by impact of social media and smartphone

Bayern Munich manager Carlo Ancelotti has said that modern-day players are becoming harder to handle because of their addiction to social media and smartphones.

Former Chelsea, Paris Saint-Germain and Real Madrid boss Ancelotti, 57, has tweaked his approach to players due to "a phenomenon" that he calls "the loneliness of the smartphone."

"The players isolate themselves in that way," Ancelotti told Suddeutsche Zeitung.

The Italian now avoids keeping his players in training camps or instructional sessions for too long because "some of them spend three hours stuck to the screen."

"If the players are at home, they have to speak to their wives and children," he said. "When I was a player, there was intensive interaction at training camps.

"We played cards, table football, table tennis -- above all we spoke to each other. Now we almost only speak with each other when we eat together.

"Discipline, compliance with the rules and respect are important to me. I'm not obsessive about it but I am definitely able to get my way.

"Otherwise I try to talk to everyone and, more importantly, listen to everyone."

Mark covers European football for ESPN FC. Twitter: @mrodden


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