Ancelotti faces bitter memories ahead of cup tie

Carlo Ancelotti has a chance to banish some bitter memories when FC Bayern München face Carl Zeiss Jena in the first round of the DFB-Pokal Cup on Friday.

The German Cup-holders will begin the defence of their trophy with a potentially tricky trip to the Ernst-Abbe-Sportfield in Jena.

The away trip to Eastern Germany to take on the fourth-tier outfit could no doubt bring back some bitter memories for Ancelotti – in 1980 he was a key player in a talented Roma side that crashed out to Carl Zeiss in the European Cup Winners' Cup.

The Italians had a 3-0 lead after the first-leg encounter, but were humiliated 4-0 in the second leg by the minnows.

Nonetheless, Bayern boast one of the world's finest squads and a relatively easy evening is anticipated for Ancelotti's charges. With that said, Carl Zeiss beat Hamburg at the same stage last season which could serve as a warning to Bayern.

Officials from the fourth-tier side have also confirmed there will be a full house at the stadium, with 19,000 vocal fans expected to create a vibrant atmosphere.

Bayern have won the competition a record 18 times and will likely be in no mood to surrender a title they last won on penalties in 2015/16 against Borussia Dortmund in Berlin.

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