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Ancelotti praises Leipzig win

Ancelotti praises Leipzig win

Bayern Munich head coach Carlo Ancelotti believes their 3-0 win over title rivals RB Leipzig prior to the international break was the first time they'd played well all season.

The Bavarians moved three points clear of Leipzig with the victory on the last day of the first half of the season and will be looking to take momentum from that game when they resume their charge for a fifth consecutive German top-flight title this season.

"It was an important game for a lot of reasons, because until then, we didn't play so well," Ancelotti told ESPN.

"Against Leipzig was the first game where we played really well. We played against a strong team that did really well until now and they were in second position.

"But the game, we played really well, so this gives us more confidence for the future."

Some feel that Bayern's relative struggles this season have been born from complacency among the squad after winning four straight Bundesliga titles, allowing the Bullen to challenge their authority at the top of the standings. However, Ancelotti believes that couldn't be further from the truth.

"When you speak about a professional player, it means to speak about a player that all the time has the game to be back now every single day, to be focused every single training, to try to win every single year," he added.

"To motivate this kind of player is really, really easy, because they have the quality to be at the top also mentally."

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