Bayern Munich played Schalke04 on Wednesday and won 3-0. Two goals from Robert Lewandowski and an in-form Thiago Alcantara saw off the Gelsenkirchen side.

The outcome of the game was not a surprise but the line-up manager Carlo Ancelotti presented in the German Cup has topped the discussion board. In Cup matches, managers normally rest their key players and give bench warmers the chance to get some game time and prove themselves as to why they merit a starting eleven spot. This is not on the cards for Carlo Ancelotti as he looks to carry out his personal season's objectives to the fullest.

Ancelotti wants at least the double for FC Bayern Munich

Carlo Ancelotti is looking forward to winning at least two trophies in his first season in charge at the club. In his first season at Chelsea FC, he won the English Premier league and English FA Cup. At Real Madrid, he won the Uefa Champions League and Spanish Copa Del Rey in his first season at the Spanish Capital and he looks to replicate the same record for his current club.

Franck Ribery made an appearance in the starting eleven for the first time in as many games and his chemistry with Arjen Robben proved vital to the team’s collective play.

To the surprise of pundits, first-choice goalkeeper Manuel Neuer started the game ahead of Sven Ulreich – a keeper who has warmed the bench all season. This shows how serious the manager is with matches and proves his dedication and determination to winning something for the club.

Ancelotti and FC Bayern means business

Top of the German Bundesliga, four-goal advantage in the UEFA Champions league with another step in the German Cup shows how serious and consistent the team is with the clubs overall season objectives.

One of the players that has benefitted from Ancelotti’s system of play is Thiago Alcantara. Alcantara was reduced to the bench at FC Barcelona and given a central role under Pep Guardiola but Carlo Ancelotti has added a goal-scoring touch to Alcantara’s game and it’s paid off.

The month of March comes with a packed fixture list but with dates in the UEFA Champions league to come, the world awaits if Carlo Ancelotti can repeat Jupp Henyckes’s treble winning season four years ago.

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