Carlo Ancelotti brushed off concerns of a slow start to FC Bayern München’s season ahead of Wednesday’s Champions League clash with Paris Saint-Germain.
The Italian coach will return to Parc des Princes to face his former employers with Die Roten third in the Bundesliga standings, leading a Nigerian journalist to ask if his job was safe.
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“I am happy that the people in Nigeria are worried about me, but don’t worry,” Ancelotti said ahead of the match. “It’s true that we haven’t had a perfect start to the season.
“[Wednesday] is an important, prestigious match for us, but it is not decisive. Obviously, we want to win and finish top of the group – that’s our objective.
“In this kind of match, you need to start by defending well but also by attacking well. Having balance is important in terms of avoiding any Paris counterattacks.
“Pressing is one of the qualities that you need to have when you defend. It’s really important to stay compact for the game tomorrow and don’t give space to the quality of [Kylian] Mbappe, [Edinson] Cavani, Neymar.”
Ancelotti was also asked about the commitment of star striker Robert Lewandowski, who seems unsettled at the club and has been linked with a transfer.
“He still has four more years on his contract,” Ancelotti said. “I think he will end his career at Bayern.”