Ancelotti: Bayern lacked ‘bite’ against Atletico

Carlo Ancelotti was left frustrated after Bayern Munich turned in a toothless display in their 1-0 loss to Atletico Madrid in the Champions League on Wednesday.

Both side’s came into the match unbeaten in all competitions before Atletico downed their German opponents thanks to Yannick Ferreira Carrasco’s 35th-minute strike.

Bayern weren’t at their glittering best in this contest and despite decent chances falling to Franck Ribery and Robert Lewandowski, Ancelotti’s side put in a sluggish performance by their standards.

The Italian coach was disappointed with the speed of their play but reckons the Bavarians will be back to their best in their next fixture.

“We controlled the game, but the bottom line is that today we had no bite in the tackle, we weren’t determined enough. We lost too many balls and played too slow,” he said.

“It was a tough game, as we expected. We could have played better. We lost some balls and got hit on the counter.

“They scored and then I think we tried to get back into it but we were too slow, and that’s why I do not think we had too many chances to get back into it.

“Losing is always sad. You never want to lose. We need to evaluate the game, look at what we did well and did not do well and go forward. We are at the start of the season. We still have the chance to top the group and we will need to beat Atletico in the return game to do so.

“Against Atletico, you have to be faster and take your chances. It was not a good performance, but it was just a game. Next time, it will be better.”