Carlo Ancelotti has 'big regrets' over Bayern's exits, despite Bundesliga title
Bayern Munich boss Carlo Ancelotti comfortably sealed the Bundesliga in his debut season with an emphatic 6-0 win at Wolfsburg, but expressed "big regrets over the last 15 to 20 days" when his side suffered two knockout exits.
Ancelotti's men lost to Real Madrid in the Champions League quarterfinals last week, followed by Wednesday's 3-2 DFB Pokal semifinal defeat to their biggest domestic rivals, Borussia Dortmund.
However, Bayern put recent disappointment behind them on Saturday in northern Germany, cruising to their 27th German league title and their fifth Bundesliga in a row with a thumping six-goal rout of struggling Wolfsburg.
"I'm really happy -- especially after our difficult period," Ancelotti told Sky Deutschland.
Nearest challengers Leipzig could only draw 0-0 at relegation-threatened Ingolstadt earlier in the day, so Bayern went into the game knowing a win would seal the title with three games remaining.
"We deserved to win. We brought in new and fresh players. We had the opportunity, the match point -- Leipzig drew so for this reason motivation was really high," Ancelotti said.
But asked about his side's recent two knockout blows, Ancelotti said: "Of course, there are big regrets about the last 15-20 days. I think we could do better. We could have been luckier. In some situations, it was our fault and we can learn from this to be better next season. But now is the moment to celebrate.
David Alaba set Bayern on their way 19th minute with a sublime free kick, before Robert Lewandowski's brace made the game same by half-time. Arjen Robben's trademark left-footed finish put the Bavarians 4-0 up, before Thomas Muller got in on the act with the fifth.
A thundering finish from the angle from Joshua Kimmich applied the finishing touches with the final goal of the evening on 85 minutes.
Ancelotti has now added a German league title success to accompany those in and Italy (AC Milan 2004), England (Chelsea 2010) and France (Paris Saint-Germain 2013), becoming the first manager to win a title in four of Europe's top five leagues. He also led Milan and Real Madrid to Champions League titles.
"It was a fantastic experience here in the Bundesliga," Ancelotti added. "I think we did a good job this season. I am very lucky to be here.
"I want to say thanks to this fantastic club, the players and all the fans who have supported us all season. We deserved it because we played good football and were focused."
Asked about the recent vote of confidence from club CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge, whom he embraced after the final whistle, the coach said: "The club supported us all season in good and bad moments. They remained calm.
"This is the best way for a manager to work when you have strong support from your club. For this reason, I thanked Kalle [Rummenigge] and also Uli [Hoeness] because they are a fantastic couple for the club.
"As I said, I am really lucky to be here and for this reason I feel inside this family, because Bayern München is a family."
Mark Lovell covers Bayern Munich for ESPN FC. Follow him on Twitter: @LovellLowdown.