Ancelotti jets off to Switzerland

FC Bayern München boss Carlo Ancelotti has jetted out to join the 18th annual UEFA Elite Coaches Forum taking place at the House of European Football in Nyon, Switzerland.

The forum provides an opportunity for top club coaches in Europe to exchange views on major issues affecting European club football. It is also an opportunity to discuss and make suggestions to UEFA that may be of benefit to the European game in general.

Along with Ancelotti, other high profile coaches who have confirmed they will be attending the forum include Arsenal’s Arsene Wenger, Barcelona’s Luis Enrique, Real Madrid’s Zinedine Zidane, Manchester United’s Jose Mourinho and Juventus’ Massimiliano Allegri.

Former Manchester United manager, Sir Alex Ferguson, will chair the forum in his role as UEFA Coaching Ambassador. Issues relating to tactical innovations in the game have been discussed during previous forums.

Ferguson said in 2014: “30 years ago, counterattacking was maybe only one or two players. Today, in counterattacks, you have players flooding forward in fives and sixes, really positive, quick passing. The state of the pitches has helped. The pitches are fantastic nowadays so coming out of defence with passes is much easier than it was 30 years ago.”

Ancelotti, who has coached football heavyweights such as Juventus, AC Milan, Chelsea, Paris Saint-Germain, Real Madrid and Bayern in a glittering managerial career, is expected to offer his views on a variety of topics.

Bayern’s most recent manager is off to a good start in Germany, having won the 2016 DFL-Supercup against Borussia Dortmund. FC Hollywood also won 6-0 in their opening Bundesliga match against Werder Bremen.

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