Carlo Ancelotti says that his first week in charge at FC Bayern München has been a good one and that he has been impressed by the camaraderie in the squad.
A mere week after arriving in Munich, the new manager appeared in front of the press to discuss his team's upcoming benefit match against Karl-Heinz Rummenigge's former club SV Lippstadt 08. The match was scheduled as a celebration of the CEO's 60th birthday, with proceeds benefitting the club and local refugees.
"This game's there for us to improve our condition, organisation and tactics," Ancelotti told reporters. "I would like to see a good game and a good team spirit from my team."
The former AS Roma and AC Milan boss also used the opportunity to discuss his first impressions of his squad of players.
"I'm pleased with how the first week's gone," he said. "All the players have been very focused and they are in good shape. It's all been good.
"Team spirit is the most important thing," the 57-year-old added. "I would like to see my players go out on the field and talk with each other, help each other out and be a unit. That is the key to success – not the tactics."
Ancelotti's first real test as manager of the Bundesliga Champions comes on 20 July when former Bayern boss Pep Guardiola brings his Manchester City team to the Allianz Arena for a friendly.
"It's going to be great for the fans, to see Guardiola," the Italian said. "And it's nice for me too to meet an old friend."