Bayern Munich sack Carlo Ancelotti after PSG defeat

Bayern Munich's Italian head coach Carlo Ancelotti gestures during the UEFA Champions League football match between Paris Saint Germain and Bayern Munich

Ancelotti led Bayern to their fifth consecutive Bundesliga title last season but his side were eliminated at the quarter-final stage of the Champions League against his former club Real Madrid, while they were beaten 3-2 by Borussia Dortmund in the semi-finals of the DFB-Pokal Cup.

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.

Bayern CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge warned there would be consequences following the defeat in France, with SportBild reporting on Thursday morning that a meeting was due to be held later in the day to discuss Ancelotti's future.

"The game in Paris clearly showed that we had to take action". Hasan Salihamidžić and I met Carlo today for full and frank discussions where we informed him of our decision. "Carlo is my friend and will remain so, but we had to make a professional decision on Bayern's behalf".

Ancelotti was already under pressure to quit after the Bundesliga reigning champions had a slow start to the season, drawing 2-2 at home to Wolfsburg last weekend. "I now expect the team to develop positively with absolute dedication so we can reach our goals for this season".

The Bundesliga champions were dispatched by a ruthless PSG counter-attack at Parc des Princes, with Dani Alves, Edinson Cavani and Neymar on the scoresheet. "We had a bad start". But it wasn't so easy after the goal, that was the problem.

Bayern Munich coach Carlo Ancelotti has insisted that star striker Robert Lewandowski will finish his career at the Allianz Arena as he remains tied to a long-term contract.

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Having been asked if he would back the Italian, Robben claimed: "I will not answer that".

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