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Arjen Robben refuses to back Bayern boss Carlo Ancelotti

Robben refuses to back Bayern boss Ancelotti

28/09/2017 at 07:21Updated 28/09/2017 at 11:22

Bayern Munich forward Arjen Robben refused to back under-fire manager Carlo Ancelotti in the wake of his side’s 3-0 humbling at Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League.

The Dutchman was on the bench as Dani Alves, Edinson Cavani and Neymar struck in the French capital.

Ancelotti’s position has come under scrutiny at the start of the campaign, with the German giants also struggling domestically.

And when Robben was quizzed about whether he stood behind his coach, he did little to dampen the speculation, saying: "I won't answer this question".

He later added:

"The line-up is the coach’s business. I will say nothing about it. Every word in this case would be one too many. The important thing is that we stick together now as a team. We need peace. Anyone who now wears his dissatisfaction to the outside, does not help the team."

Mats Hummels and Franck Ribery were also on the bench as Ancelotti made six changes from their 2-2 draw with Wolfsburg in the Bundesliga.

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"I thought a lot to try to put out the best line-up," Ancelotti told Sky Germany.

"I am going to have criticism for this but it is no problem. I'm still convinced it was a good line up but the situation of the game was against us."

Stand-in captain Thomas Muller refused to criticise Ancelotti, saying the players were to blame for a defeat which left them likely vying with Celtic for second spot in Group B.

"I can't comment on the formation,” Muller added.

"We are one team. The coach calls the shots. We have a lot of players with a lot of qualities, and we can't look for excuses elsewhere. The players on the pitch did not live up to their potential."