Ancelotti hails ‘good start’ to Bayern’s CL campaign

Carlo Ancelotti was pleased with FC Bayern München‘s performance in their 5-0 thrashing of FC Rostov in the Champions League on Tuesday.

It was a record 13th consecutive home win in the Champions League for Bayern, who have made the last four of the competition in each of the last three seasons.

However, Ancelotti refused to go over the top about their Group D victory over a Russian side that they are expected to beat.

“It was a good start to our Champions League campaign. It was difficult to score early on, we didn’t have many chances. We got there,” Ancelotti said.

“At the moment, the team is in good condition, both physically and mentally.”

Robert Lewandowksi opened the scoring for the German side before Thomas Muller gave them a two-goal lead heading into the break.

Two further strikes from Joshua Kimmich and one from Juan Bernat late on was enough to comfortably dispatch of their opposition.

After the match, Rostov boss Ivan Danilyants highlighted the difference in approach from Bayern since Ancelotti replaced Pep Guardiola at the helm over the summer.

“We have never played against a team that played like Bayern today. We tried hard to hold them off and stay organised,” Danilyants said.

“Then the first goal came from an unfortunate penalty, the rest from quick counters. This side is different to the one under Pep Guardiola, they are much more direct.”