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Alaba impressed by Ancelotti

Bayern Munich defender David Alaba says that new manager Carlo Ancelotti has made a very good first impression on the squad.

Ancelotti has taken over for Pep Guardiola who left the German champions to join Manchester City. The 57-year-old Italian has had a very distinguished career, picking up league titles in England (Chelsea), France (PSG), and Italy (AC Milan). He also has three Champions League trophy wins (two with Milan, and one with Real Madrid).

Bayern are currently in the United States on a preseason tour, as they will take on Inter Milan and Real Madrid in the International Champions Cup before going back to Germany. They lost their opening game on penalties to Ancelotti’s former club AC Milan, but Alaba has gotten a very good first impression of the new manager.

“He’s a really cool guy. I think he can get along really well with every single player, with young players but also with big players who have been here at the team for a long time,” Alaba told goal.com.I think he has a good hand for that.

“Also, I think he’s doing a great job with the young players too. You can see that he has a lot of experience with that. There are reasons that he’s become such a successful coach.”

Ancelotti is known as a very good man-manager that takes time to speak to players individually on the training pitch to get his message across.

“You see that in training. I think Mr. Ancelotti is a coach who speaks to the players a lot, not only as a team but also with the individual player,” Alaba said. “He tries to talk to you and wants to make sure to explain to you what he wants you to do on the pitch. That’s important, and if you listen to it, you’re going to learn a lot.”

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