Bayern Munich coach Ancelotti: club is ‘like family’

Ahead of Wednesday's top-of-the-table Bundesliga clash at home to Hertha Berlin, Bayern Munich coach Carlo Ancelotti says he has found a true 'family' at the Bavarian giants.

Bayern Munich coach Ancelotti: club is 'like family'
Carlo Ancelotti. Photo: DPA

“There are clubs which feel like a business and clubs which feel like a family. Here, it's a family,” the Italian, who has coached at Paris Saint-Germain, Chelsea, AC Milan and Real Madrid, said the launch of his autobiography in Munich.

“I want to remain here more than two years,” he added, although he has a three-year contract which expires in June 2019.

Ancelotti replaced Pep Guardiola as Bayern's head coach this season.

He has steered the Munich giants to the club's best start this season with a perfect record of six wins from six, scoring 23 goals and conceding just one.

He has already lifted his first silverware, when Bayern won the pre-season German Super Cup at Borussia Dortmund last month.

His main task will be achieving what Guardiola failed to do in his three-year tenure – winning the Champions League, a feat Ancelotti achieved with both AC Milan and Real.

Second-placed Hertha and league leaders Bayern are the only teams in Germany's top flight with 100 percent records after the first three matches ahead of the Allianz Arena clash.

Hertha have lost their last nine league matches in Munich and last posted a Bundesliga victory in the Bavarian capital in 1977.

Bayern welcomed back Philipp Lahm, David Alaba and Mats Hummels from illness in Tuesday's training session, while Thomas Mueller returned on Monday.

All four missed Saturday's 3-1 comeback win against Ingolstadt.

Ancelotti revealed Bayern defender Jerome Boateng will make his first start of the season after coming off the bench late on against Ingolstadt.

The centre-back picked up an injury at June's European championships when Germany lost in the semi-finals to France.

“Boateng is in good condition, he has trained well in the last few days,” said Ancelotti.

“He will start, I think he's ready.”

Winger Arjen Robben is set for his first appearance, but only off the bench, “but he'll come on for the second-half, he can play 54 or 30 minutes,” added Ancelotti.

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