Ancelotti: I don't kill my players in training

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The three-time Champions League winner has some words of wisdom for coaches who push their players too hard

Carlo Ancelotti has stressed that he doesn't like to “kill” his Bayern players in training, instead allowing them time to properly recuperate between matches.

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High levels of fitness have become synonymous with victory in recent times, with coaches seemingly putting their charges at risk of injury with high-intensity training regimes.

Questions had been asked of Pep Guardiola's methods, for example, due to the Catalan boss often having to cope with key players being sidelined.

Members of Bayern's squad hailed Guardiola's training during his time in Munich, however, with the consensus among fans pointing more towards Pep rushing players back from injury rather than being pushed too hard between games.

Regardless, Bayern are almost back to full strength, with only Jerome Boateng set for another month in recovery, and Ancelotti feels relaxation time off the pitch is just as important as intensity on it.

“I'm not a coach who kills his players in training,” the Italian told Kicker. “Most of the drills we do involve the ball, I don't like running a lot without the ball, but my players average 6,000, 7,000 metres. That's enough.

“In Spain there is a saying: 'demasiada agua mata la planta' – too much water kills the plant. It's the same with training.

“The dosage must be right. You can train hard, but you have to give the body the chance to relax.”

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One player who will be happy of the additional rest time is one Philipp Lahm, who, at 33, could be gearing up for full retirement.

Ancelotti, however, has made clear his stance of the matter, urging the former Germany captain to emulate an Italian great.

“It's Philipp's decision, of course,” he said. “But I told him that I want him to continue playing until the end of his contract in 2018.

“He is fit and has no problems – he could be the next Paolo Maldini.”