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 By Mark Lovell

Franck Ribery's anger at substitution surprises Bayern boss Carlo Ancelotti

MUNICH -- Carlo Ancelotti said he does not understand the reaction of Franck Ribery to his substitution in Bayern Munich's 3-0 Champions League win over Anderlecht on Tuesday.

Ribery, 34, was substituted on 78 minutes with the German champions leading 2-0 against Anderlecht, who had been reduced to 10 men following Sven Kums' dismissal for a foul on Robert Lewandowski after only 11 minutes.

Lewandowski stepped up to convert the resultant penalty, before Thiago Alcantara doubled Bayern's lead on 65 minutes. Joshua Kimmich added a third in the final minute to seal Bayern's 14th consecutive Champions League opening matchday win.

However, the win was marred as Thomas Muller replaced a visibly upset Ribery to whistles from the crowd. Ribery, Bayern's longest-serving player, took his time leaving from the far end of the pitch, avoiding Ancelotti, before launching his shirt into the substitutes' bench.

Asked about Ribery's reaction, Ancelotti said at his news conference: "Of course, I understand that the player wants to play 90 minutes.

"But maybe sometimes they don't understand, in this situation Ribery, that I made a change not because of his performance -- his performance was good, but because it was 10 minutes from the end.

"We had the game under control and he had a small problem on Sunday and didn't train, so I had the possibility to give him a rest."

Franck Ribery angrily tossed his shirt after he was substituted on Tuesday.

The manager added: "I don't understand the reaction and I will have to ask him.

"He was upset. But he already had a yellow card and I wanted to give him a break. His performance was good. Perhaps he didn't think about it."

As for Bayern's display against 10 men, Ancellotti said: "It was not a perfect game but we had it under control after we went 1-0 up really soon.

That's the reason I think we didn't play with a lot of intensity. We could have played with more intensity but we didn't need to. The game was under control; in general I am satisfied."

Ancelotti was also relaxed about reports that 30-year-old Hoffenheim coach Julian Nagelsmann will eventually replace him at Bayern in the future.

Nagelsmann has added to speculation that he could one day coach Bayern Munich by revealing his wife and children will move to Munich, and suggesting it is his dream club.

"It's totally normal that one young manager, and a good manager like Julian is, has a dream of training a top club," Ancelotti said. "He's German so it's absolutely normal. Last year, I told him that maybe in the future I wish him the best when he's the manager of a top club.

Mark Lovell covers Bayern Munich for ESPN FC. Follow him on Twitter: @LovellLowdown.


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