- Hitzfeld tips Ancelotti to be a success at Bayern.
- Both coaches are among the most successful ever.
- Hitzfeld won five Bundesliga titles and, like Ancelotti, the Champions League with different clubs.
FC Bayern München fans can look forward to continued success under Carlo Ancelotti, with former coach Ottmar Hitzfeld predicting a seamless transition when he takes over from Pep Guardiola from Monday.
Bayern have won a league record four straight Bundesliga titles with three of those coming during the Catalan's reign. Guardiola may now be gone, but Hitzfeld believes success is here to stay as he praises the record German champions for appointing Ancelotti.
"I can only compliment Bayern Munich on getting Carlo Ancelotti," Hitzfeld told Omnisport. "He's a nice coach who is also very communicative and understands a lot of tactics as an Italian. He will prepare his team for their opponents in the best possible way and Bayern will continue to win the league under Ancelotti."
Hitzfeld certainly knows what he is talking about, having guided Bayern to Bundesliga glory five times spanning two spells in charge. When he first left in 2004, his replacement Felix Magath made wholesale changes and clinched back-to-back league and cup doubles. While a revolution may not be necessary to a side who have dominated the German footballing landscape for the past four years, Hitzfeld nevertheless expects Ancelotti to stamp his own authority on the team he inherits from his predecessor.
"Ancelotti likes a different type of football," said the 67-year-old. "He's a different type with a different mentality. He's not as emotional. He's very calm and has a huge amount of experience and success. He won trophies with every top team he has been with. And he will be successful with Bayern too. But Bayern might not play as attacking as now.
"They might not play the high pressing, like they do right now. Ancelotti likes to move from defence to attack very fast and with a little more risk. That's how he might change the team tactically."
To aid him in that undertaking, summer signing Renato Sanches is likely to form the dynamic bridge between defence and attack, with the Portuguese youngster showcasing his talent at UEFA EURO 2016 and confirming just why Bayern beat off stiff competition to sign him from SL Benfica.