'Worried' Ancelotti says Bayern won't add players despite early struggles
MUNICH -- Carlo Ancelotti said he was "worried" by Bayern Munich's preseason form and demanded his misfiring side "change attitude and spirit" after the hosts were unceremoniously ejected from their own party, slipping to an abject 3-0 defeat against Jurgen Klopp's resurgent Liverpool side in the Audi Cup.
Bayern lost to both AC and Inter Milan on their 12-day summer tour of China and Singapore and also succumbed to Arsenal in a penalty shootout. The Bavarians' only success came against Premier League champions Chelsea, winning 3-2.
"Of course, we are worried," Ancelotti said at the postmatch news conference. "These are hard games, but we knew that we are not in the best condition now. This is normal -- we came back from China two days ago. We will surely be in better condition on Saturday. I also have to say we have to change our attitude and spirit.
"Liverpool played really well on the counter-attack but we didn't have any balance. We didn't play well both offensively and defensively and didn't have many opportunities to score goals."
Bayern have now conceded 12 goals in their past five preseason fixtures and Ancelotti again reiterated his concern.
He said: "We have conceded too many goals. Most of the goals in all of the games we lost were conceded on the counter-attack. The problem is quite clear -- above all, we need to have more balance. Usually, we attack a lot with our full-backs but in midfield positions we need to cover better."
It was night to forget for the Bundesliga champions who never recovered from falling behind to Sadio Mane's seventh-minute goal, taking advantage of sloppy play from Corentin Tolisso on his home debut. Bayern's record signing gave the ball away cheaply in midfield and Mane clinically did the rest past helpless No. 2 goalkeeper Sven Ulreich, deputising for the injured Manuel Neuer.
The ex-Stuttgart keeper kept the scoreline respectable, denying Mohamed Salah and Alberto Moreno with fine reflex saves. However, Ulreich could only parry Moreno's cross-cum shot and former Chelsea attacker Salah was on hand to nod home a deserved second for the English Reds ten minutes before the break.
Bayern were equally listless after the break and it was no surprise when substitute Daniel Sturridge added a third on 84 minutes, again on the counter attack, before the England striker was immediately substituted.
To add insult to injury for Ancelotti after the heavy home defeat, Bayern lost Thiago, David Alaba and James Rodriguez to "muscle problems" -- all going off with injuries during the course of the game.
"Thiago and Alaba have knocks but it's not really a big problem," Ancelotti said. "James has a muscle problem and we will check him tomorrow."
Ancelotti said his sole focus remains Bayern's Bundesliga start against Bayer Leverkusen in 17 days' time.
He added: "Our goal is to be in the best condition for Aug. 18 [Leverkusen]. Of course we have to play an important game on Saturday [the DFL Super Cup against Dortmund], but sometimes if you are not in good condition you have to use a good attitude and spirit which we didn't do tonight."
Despite another defeat and further injuries, Ancelotti said he wasn't interested in adding to his squad in the transfer window.
"There will be no signings. I'm really happy with my players," he said.
Mark Lovell covers Bayern Munich for ESPN FC. Follow him on Twitter: @LovellLowdown.