Ancelotti rues Bayern off-day

FC Bayern Munchen coach Carlo Ancelotti lamented his side’s ‘off-day’ following their 2-2 draw against struggling Mainz 05 in Munich on Saturday, a result which hands second-placed RB Leipzig a sliver of hope.

Bayern came from behind twice to grab a point which saw their lead at the top increase to nine points, although Leipzig face Schalke on Sunday and a win could reduce the gap to six points.

Arjen Robben and Thiago Alcantara got the goals for Bayern to cancel out Bojan Krkic’s third-minute opener and then Daniel Brosinski’s penalty.

And afterwards Ancelotti admitted his team had not been up to scratch, perhaps suffering a post Champions League exit hangover following defeat to Real Madrid midweek.

“We didn’t play well today. It was difficult for us,” Ancelotti told reporters after the match. “It was hard but we expected more. We were not as compact as usual in the first half. We should have done better. In the second half we were more compact, we played better and were able to compensate.”

Bayern now have a DFB Cup semi-final clash with Borussia Dortmund to look forward to in midweek, although Ancelotti said he expects to see a different Bayern side show up.

“I’m confident that we will put in a very different performance against Dortmund,” he said.

Mainz coach Martin Schmidt, meanwhile, was happy with a point as they continue their battle to avoid relegation.

The point leaves Mainz in 13th place, just a single point above the relegation place off position.

“When you go to Munich you always feel that it is not going to be like other teams but still you must tell your team to play bravely. I seem to have found the right words for my team. This is not so easy. A point is definitely a great success,” said Schmidt.