Carlo Ancelotti can evidently mark up his first Munich Oktoberfest visit in the semi-official line of duty as a success.
“I'm perfect,” he said with a twinkle in his eye, asked as to the after-effects on a renowned wine lover of downing a couple of litre-mugs of beer in one of the world-famous festival tents. More generally, the reconnaissance trip with his assistants ahead of the full FC Bayern München squad's obligatory annual appearance was “a nice moment, with everyone there together.”
The record champions' new coach had every reason for good cheer at the Wiesn, with his team having made a four-game winning start to the Bundesliga. They stretched that to five a couple of days later with a 1-0 victory at struggling Hamburger SV – a mighty close-run affair, decided only by Joshua Kimmich's 88th-minute strike. “It was a very difficult game, Hamburg played with a lot of intensity,” said Ancelotti. Come the final whistle, however, as so often, Bayern had made their extra class count: “Thiago's pass at the end was fantastic. That's one of his great qualities.”