Ancelotti to blame for Bayern injuries, says Lewandowski

By: Aveek Chakraborty
Bayern Munich forward Robert Lewandowski (centre) blames Ancelotti for injury problems

Bengaluru, November 30: Bayern München striker Robert Lewandowski takes a sly dig at his former manager Carlo Ancelotti insisting the Italian's training methods are to blame for the Bavarian's injury problems this season.

The German champions have endured a large number of injuries this season.

Players like Franck Ribery, Thiago Alcantara, Thomas Muller, David Alaba and Arjen Robben all have suffered injuries in early stages of this season, while Manuel Neuer is the long-term absentee with a metatarsal problem.

Recently under interim coach Jupp Heynckes, who took over from the Italian last month, the team has again lost Arjen Robben, Thiago Alcantara and Thomas Muller to injuries.

With such constant injuries, many concerns were raised among the fans and many suspected if there is any problem with Jupp's powerful training method.

But Lewandowski has now claimed that the German manager has nothing to do with the strains and niggles and pointed his remarks at Ancelotti as he implied that injuries might have come because of Ancelotti's casual training method's to which the player is drained physically.

"If many muscle injuries happen you don't have to look at the last few weeks, but go back two or three months," Lewandowski told SportBild.

"It's more likely that the reason lies there.

"If there is too little training you have to do something individually."

During Ancelotti's reign earlier in the season, at some point Bayern were trailing behind their rivals Dortmund in the league standings.

However, after Heynckes' arrival, the German Champions have turned the tide around and now lead the Bundesliga table with 29 points after 13 matches, three more than second-placed RB Leipzig.

Since Heynckes' return, Bayern have lost only once. They have won nine of the past 10 matches in all competitions. But saw their nine-game winning streak end at Gladbach during last Saturday's 2-1 defeat.

They will return to action on Saturday (December 2), to face Hannover at home before hosting Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League the following midweek.

Story first published: Thursday, November 30, 2017, 11:16 [IST]
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