According to various media reports, Carlo Ancelotti is set to be sacked by Bayern Munich after a 3-0 humiliation in Paris. The news is set to be announced soon at a press conference. SportBild had reported on Thursday morning that a meeting was due to be held later in the day to discuss the Italian’s future. Willy Sangol, the assistant coach will take over temporarily, and former Dortmund boss Thomas Tuchel’s name is also in the hat.
Ancelotti won the league title in his debut season at Bayern but was knocked out of the Champions League by Real Madrid in the quarterfinals and by Dortmund in the DFP Pokal semi-finals.
Bayern, who could not be immediately reached for a comment, are currently in third place in the Bundesliga, three points off leaders Borussia Dortmund.
This season, Bayern have lost one and drawn one of their opening games, leaving them third in the table after six games, a position frowned upon in Munich where they are used to winning the league in a canter.
The final nail in the coffin was however, an abject display in Paris where Neymar-led PSG ripped apart the five-time European Cup winners.
The French team tore the German visitors’ defense apart on the counterattack and took command of Group B with goals from Dani Alves, Edinson Cavani and Neymar.
Kylian Mbappe, who was hired alongside Neymar this summer for a combined 400 million euros ($470 million), did not score but tormented the Bayern defense throughout with his dribbling ability and frenetic pace. He was decisive in setting up Neymar’s goal.
Bayern enjoyed a good spell in the first half and caused problems to the hosts’ defense but lacked pace and finishing.
Bayern coach Carlo Ancelotti unexpectedly left wingers Arjen Robben and Franck Ribery on the bench, opting for a more defensive approach with Arturo Vidal and Corentin Tolisso instead.
Ancelotti also gave starting roles to Niklas Sule and Javi Martinez in the heart of his defense, at the expense of Mats Hummels and Jerome Boateng, with the latter being left out of the squad.
There was no surprise in Unai Emery’s line-up, with the attacking trident of Neymar, Mbappe and Cavani starting at the Parc des Princes in a 4-3-3 formation.
Neymar made amends a few minutes later after Alves led another charge and found Mbappe down the right. The France international wrong-footed David Alaba as he fake-kicked the ball at full speed, then stepped on it. Mbappe saw his shot blocked, with Neymar scoring a poacher’s goal in the mix-up in the 63rd.
The Bavarians know they must deliver on Sunday and avoid another slip-up ahead of the international break, and club CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge said it was time for the real Bayern Munich to put in an appearance.
“It is now important that we turn this around and present ourselves as Bayern again,” he said after Wednesday’s European defeat.
“We have to show that we are a team that caused waves in the past seasons, both in Europe and domestically, and we have to pick up where we left off.
“It was a bitter defeat that needs to be discussed and analysed and clearly there will be consequences. What we saw was not Bayern.”
Bayern, who have won the last five league titles and lifted the Champions League trophy in 2013, are far from the dominant team of past seasons.
With inputs from Reuters