Bale: Ancelotti’s Bayern a tougher nut to crack

Real Madrid forward Gareth Bale believes that Champions League opponents FC Bayern München will be tougher to beat under Carlo Ancelotti.

Los Blancos head to the Allianz Arena on Wednesday for the first leg of their quarter-final showdown with the Bavarians, where they will face their former manager.

"It’ll obviously be a huge game as they are such a dangerous and well-established team," Bale told Goal.

"With the first leg being in Munich we really need to try to score an away goal and defend well, so that we can make the most of the second leg being at the Bernabeu."

Bale knows Ancelotti well from their time together in Spain and believes that the Italian will have made FCB tougher to break down than they were under previous coaches Jupp Heynckes and Pep Guardiola.

"If you look at the past three Bayern managers, each of them has introduced something a bit different without their approach affecting the success of the team," he said.

"Ancelotti has probably made them a bit harder to beat but they are still deadly going forward.

"He’s a great manager so you expect him to make an impact and be successful wherever he goes."