Lothar Matthaus was interviewed by La Gazzetta dello Sport on his former clubs Inter Milan and Bayern Munich.
With Carlo Ancelotti appointed by Bayern Munich for the upcoming 2016-17 season and beyond, Matthaus thinks Ancelotti will continue the process of stepping up Bayern’s game that Jupp Heynckes had initiated and which was since continued by Pep Guardiola.
Lothar Matthaus was asked about what he thought of Pep Guardiola and Carlo Ancelotti by the interviewer and this is what the 1990 Ballon d’Or and World cup winner had to say on the two coaching masterminds:
What has Pep Guardiola changed about Bayern’s style?
“He brought a bit of Barcelona’s style to the team. Bayern had a bit of that already but now they play at a faster pace. Pep needs intelligent players as he always switches schemes, even during matches.”
What are your thoughts about Carlo Ancelotti taking over from Guardiola?
“I remember he was a great player, as he was the brains of Arrigo Sacchi’s AC Milan. He achieved great results with Chelsea, PSG and won the Champions League with Real Madrid. Several of his players have told me that he isn’t just a great coach, as he also has a great heart. He has a great relationship with everyone. He’s a great option after Guardiola.”
Who are your favourites to win the Champions League this season?
“I am obviously cheering for Bayern Munich as I played there a long time, but they are the favourites because of their history, and the results achieved this season. The other teams are tough as well. Just look at what happened to Barcelona and PSG. They were favourites and they are out. Bayern have all but won the Bundesliga so they can focus on the Champions League.”
Lothar Matthaus played for Bayern Munich in more than 300 games and is still the only German to win the FIFA World Player of the Year award in 1991. Also, Matthaus holds the record for most World Cup games played by an individual in men’s football.