Xabi Alonso has played under some of the most successful coaches of all time, but the FC Bayern München midfielder believes the emerging crop of Bundesliga strategists could turn out to be the best yet.
"Here in Germany there are so many young, good, working managers, not with spectacular names and great players but with good players, making them work together and having a great work ethic," Alonso told CNN World Sport, citing the likes of TSG 1899 Hoffenheim's Julian Nagelsmann, RB Leipzig's Ralph Hasenhüttl, Eintracht Frankfurt's Niko Kovac and Hertha Berlin's Pal Dardai.
"The level of the teams in the Bundesliga is getting better and better. In just two years I have realised any team is tough to beat. There are a lot of young coaches who are doing a great job, putting a stamp on their team, and that's something you notice."
Alonso is set to line up for Bayern on Saturday when the reigning Bundesliga champions face VfL Wolfsburg as they look to keep up the pressure on surprise league leaders Leipzig. The former Spain international, who won the 2010 FIFA World Cup, also gave interesting insight into his role in Ancelotti's side:
"What I have always tried to do is to be a team player and for me being a team player is to think about what the team needs, how can I help the team play better, how can I make the game easier for the players around me. I like the players around me to play well because that is when I feel I have done my duty. That's what I want to be - the link between the defence and attack."