It was in Doha in January, and as Carlo Ancelotti took a sip of his espresso, he pursed his lips and leaned back.
"Guess how many full weeks of normal training we had between the time the season started and Christmas," he told a visitor. "Go on, just guess."
His interlocutor didn't have time to respond before the Bayern Munich manager waved a solitary index finger in the air.
"One," Ancelotti said with a sigh. "Just one."
You'd imagine the situation is similar at most top European clubs. Indeed,...