Carlo Ancelotti has praised predecessor Pep Guardiola as the pair prepare to face each other in a pre-season friendly between Bayern Munich and Manchester City this week.
Guardiola will tread old ground when he takes his new City side to the Allianz Arena on Wednesday to continue his preparations for the new Premier League season with an intriguing exhibition clash against his former employers.
“We have to consider that for both teams it is a game to prepare well for next season,” Ancelotti said. “It’s a friendly game, of course we want to do our best, everybody wants to try to win, but the result is the less-important thing.
“For this match I would like to see my team do well and make a good performance. That’s it. Guardiola’s time at Bayern was really good. I hope the players don’t forget this because it was a really good experience for them.
“Every manager has his own style, and this year I want to put my ideas, but I think the work Guardiola did here in the last three years will be important also for this season.”
City and Bayern are reported to be locked in a transfer battle to sign Schalke winger Leroy Sane and, following the injury to Arjen Robben, it is possible that the Bundesliga champions will accelerate their summer plans.
Former AC Milan and Chelsea boss Ancelotti moved to dispel the rumours, however, and insisted the Dutchman will be fit for the start of the domestic season in August. Douglas Costa, meanwhile, the explosive Brazilian forward, has resumed training.