Bayern President Claims 5 First-Team Stars Were Behind Shock Ancelotti Sacking

Carlo Ancelotti: No Liverpool approach

Bayern now in damage limitation mode, PSG expose deeper problems

Pep Guardiola has expressed sympathy with Carlo Ancelotti following his sacking as head coach of Bayern Munich.

If you're curious as to why you're suddenly being inundated with photos of Italian manager Carlo Ancelotti looking quizzical with his eyebrow cocked, it's because Bayern Munich have parted ways with the coach following their 3-0 defeat to Paris Saint-Germain.

"The performances of our team since the start of the season had not met our expectations we put to them", said Rummenigge said on the club's official website.

However, Bayern have suffered a defeat and a draw in their opening six league games this season to sit in third place, falling three points behind early pacesetters Borussia Dortmund.

And the German champions eventually made a decision to part ways with the former PSG and Real Madrid boss after just one full season in charge. "The match in Paris clearly showed that there would have to be consequences", Bayern CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge said in the statement. "Carlo is and will continue to be my friend, but we had to take a professional decision in the interests of Bayern Munich".

All three players had started Bayern's previous fixture - a 2-2 draw at home to Wolfsburg in the Bundesliga - and Ancelotti rang the chances for the Champions League trip to Parc des Princes, starting with Javi Martinez alongside Niklas Sule in central defence and James Rodriguez in attack.

Bayern said the 40-year-old Willy Sagnol, a former Bayern defender who was Ancelotti's assistant, will take over the team on an interim basis.

Ancelotti, who led Real Madrid to its 10th Champions League title in 2014 after claiming two titles with Milan in 2003 and 2007, was appointed by the Bayern bosses primarily for success in Europe's premier competition.

"I now expect a positive development from the team and absolute determination so that we can meet our goals for the season", Rummenigge added.

With Sagnol at the helm, Bayern next faces a trip to Pal Dardai's well-organized Hertha Berlin side in the Bundesliga on Sunday.

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