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Ancelotti allays Bayern's fears

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For managers like Ancelotti, Guardiola and Mourinho, training time is limited

Craig Burley assesses why Carlo Ancelotti is thriving at Bayern Munich, while Pep Guardiola struggled.
Carlo Ancelotti has said that he expects his Bayern Munich side to dispatch Schalke tonight in the DFB Cup Quarter-final.

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,...

 By Mark Lovell

Lewa nets a hat trick, Bayern crush hapless Hamburg at home...again

Bayern Munich kept their dominant form rolling with an eight-goal thrashing of Hamburg.
Craig Burley assesses why Carlo Ancelotti is thriving at Bayern Munich, while Pep Guardiola struggled.

Robert Lewandowski fired his second Bundesliga hat trick of the season as league leaders Bayern Munich devoured hapless Hamburger SV 8-0.

Arturo Vidal opened the scoring in the 17th minute with a fierce right-footed drive, before Lewandowski's quick-fire triple (24, 42, 54) ended the game as a contest. Despite their star striker's substitution before the hour mark, the goal-fest continued as David Alaba tapped home a fifth and substitute Kingsley Coman added two more, before Arjen Robben scored...

 By Mark Lovell

Bayern boss Carlo Ancelotti celebrates 1000 games with giant pretzel

Carlo Ancelotti will enjoy his 1000th game as a manager this weekend, as his Bayern Munich side take on Hamburg.

To commemorate Carlo Ancelotti's 1000th game as a coach, Bayern Munich CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge presented the Italian maestro with a giant pretzel before the game.

Ancelotti won't have lost his appetite as his treble-seeking side look good to maintain their lead at the top of the Bundesliga, stuffing struggling...

ESPN FC  By ESPN staff

Highest-scoring Champions League first leg ties ever - ESPN Stats & Info

BT Sport highlight: Sergio Aguero scored twice as Man City overcame a 3-2 deficit to earn a thrilling first-leg win over Monaco.
Sergio Aguero scored twice as Man City overcame a 3-2 deficit to earn a thrilling first-leg win over Monaco.
Sergio Aguero netted two goals and added an assist to help lift Manchester City to a thrilling 5-3 victory over Monaco.

Manchester City and AS Monaco combined for eight goals during the first leg of their Champions League round of 16 tie -- and they weren't the only clubs with a potent attack.

The 34 goals scored in the first leg ties were the most in Champions League history, surpassing the 26 scored in 2013-14, according to ESPN Stats & Info.

City won 5-3 at the Etihad Stadium on Tuesday, highlighted by a frantic second half in which the two teams alternated claiming the lead.

Bayern Munich scored five goals against...

 By Mark Lovell

Bayern Munich have had some late luck. Will they need any vs. Hamburg?

Were Bayern lucky vs. Hertha? It doesn't matter. They shouldn't need late goals this weekend.

At the height of Manchester United's astonishing run of success under Sir Alex Ferguson, the Reds became renowned for their uncanny knack of grabbing last-gasp goals that would send opponents reeling. Most famously, they denied Bayern Munich in the 1999 Champions League final, when both United's goals were scored in the dying moments -- otherwise known as "Fergie time."

And perhaps, given their own dramatic Bundesliga feats in 2017, we can rename this passage of play "squeaky Bayern time." The...

Bayern's controversial late goal, Barca fans OK to boo, Lincoln's cup magic

The FC crew break down Barcelona's dismal showing against Leganes, and discuss their fans booing the team and Luis Enrique.
Bayern's dramatic late winner in Berlin exposed the folly of arguing about added time.

In England, they used to call it "Fergie Time." In Germany, Hertha boss Pal Dardai called it the "Bayern bonus" after the Bavarians equalized 59 seconds past the allotted 5 minutes of time added on decreed by referee Patrick Ittrich.

Prior to that, a decidedly humdrum Bayern had gone a goal down after Vedad Ibisevic put the Berliners ahead following a rather dubious free kick. Carlo Ancelotti's crew played as if they were hung over from pounding Arsenal 5-1 in midweek, looking sluggish and devoid...