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Carlo Ancelotti has long been considered one of the best managers in world football but his sacking from Bayern Munich left him looking like one of the worst. Finally one of his former players has defended him.
Jose Mourinho may have won the Champions League with two different clubs but he wasn't able to deliver La Decima to Real Madrid, however Carlo Ancelotti managed to complete that feat.
The Italian has also twice won the Champions League with AC Milan but after his sacking from Bayern Munich last month, after the team lost 3-0 in that competition to PSG, he was made to sound like the manager of a Sunday League side.
Ancelotti has found his processes caught up in the middle of the criticism. Image: PA
Bayern winger Arjen Robben stuck the boot in saying, "There's better training at my son's youth team [than under Ancelotti]", whilst Kicker claimed that Manuel Neuer, Thomas Muller and Jerome Boateng had all complained about training sessions to.
However if that is the case then Thomas Muller has realised that the former manager isn't the only one to blame. Speaking to German newspaper Welt the forward defended his former boss and shifted the blame to himself and his teammates saying:
"A big part of this [their recent struggles] is caused by the team that stands on the pitch and does not perform like people expect it to.
"We must be realistic about this and not be of the opinion that Carlo Ancelotti was a scapegoat."
Muller has been one of Bayern's best players over the years but was out of form under Ancelotti last term. Image: PA
However Muller did also stick the boot in inadvertently when praising new, and former, manager Jupp Heynckes, who came out of retirement to take the job till the end of the season, adding:
"We will have a good training again. Heynckes is the right man because he can inspire the team to have the ability to suffer more, to have more commitment and a better defensive set-up. Heynckes will work with interest and passion."
Heynckes is back at Bayern. Image: PA
The German manager will have some job on his hands in recreating his success the last time he was in charge at the Allianz Arena where he won the treble in his last season before retiring.
Muller has at least taken some of the blame, if not all of it.