Carlo Ancelotti’s perfect start with Bayern Munich will be put to the test against Champions League runners-up Atletico Madrid tonight in a re-run of last season’s scintillating semifinal tie.
The Bundesliga leaders have won eight games out of eight under the Italian coach in all competitions, with five league victories accompanying glory in the German Super Cup and an easy win in the German Cup.
Bayern thrashed Rostov 5-0 in their Champions League Group D opener but midfielder Xabi Alonso warned they will come under much greater scrutiny against Atletico, who have conceded two goals in seven games in all competitions.
Alonso says: “We’re happy with the start we have made but we know that this is the first really powerful team we’re going to face. What we’ve achieved up to now could all fall apart in 90 minutes.
Atletico knocked Bayern out of the competition last season on away goals in a thrilling two-legged tie and Alonso is expecting more of the same from Diego Simeone’s side.
The Champions League winner with Liverpool and Real Madrid adds: “I think they are a very similar team to last year, they are competitive, hard-working, always well organised. They have positive aggression, they always compete to the limit.”