Heynckes: Ancelotti should have signed striker backup

FC Bayern München manager Jupp Heynckes has questioned the squad planning of his predecessor Carlo Ancelotti, who opted not to sign a backup for Robert Lewandowski.

Die Roten have been relying heavily on the Polish striker’s goals this season. He has already scored 19 goals in just 21 matches, in all competitions.

Bayern also missed his presence last campaign when he was out injured for the Champions League quarter-final loss to Real Madrid.

Heynckes believes it was a serious oversight on Ancelotti’s part not to bring in extra firepower to help fill the void should Lewandowski get sidelined.

“Yes, but the coach had not wanted one,” Heynckes told Suddeutsche Zeitung when asked if not signing a backup was a mistake.

“You have to bear in mind; the coach explicitly said he did not want a second top striker. What should the club do?”

He added: “It’s not easy to find anybody in winter who can do an adequate job over a one or two-year timeframe. Therefore, I am of the opinion that you have to plan things correctly in the summer.

“In 2011-12, for example, we already had Mario Mandzukic and Mario Gomez as strikers. Despite that, we added Claudio Pizarro in the summer too. He arrived with us a few kilos overweight but we soon got him into shape.”

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