Bayern Munich manager Carlo Ancelotti has claimed that physical fitness at this stage of pre-season is far more important than results, following Bayern's penalty shoot-out defeat to AC Milan in the Champions Cup.

In spite of their defeat to Ancelotti's former club, the Italian manager is happy with his side's progression during the Champions Cup.


AC Milan's M'Baye Niang scored a confident opener in the 11th minute before Bayern winger Franck Ribery equalised the tie in the 29th minute. 

Austrian left-back David Alaba scored a fine strike from distance, before Milan battled back with two goals through Andrea Bertolacci and Juraj Kucka. Frank Ribery notched his second goal of the game in stoppage time, forcing the tie into a penalty shoot-out.

Highly-rated young goalkeeper Gianlugi Donnarumma saved a penalty from Rafinha, to conclude to tie in Milan's favour.

Despite the result, Ancelotti was thrilled with his side's progression in terms of fitness. Speaking at a news conference, as quoted by ​Goal, the former Chelsea boss said:

"We have to continue our work. We have time to prepare the team before we start the official competition,

"We can use this game to improve our conditioning, to improve our organisation. We’re at the beginning, so we made some mistakes but of course we have to wait for all the players when they come back and after that we can prepare our season.

"At this moment, I think the most important thing is the physical condition," he said. "We don’t 

have all the players, but we try to do our style, our play, so the goal is to improve our physical condition. In this sense, we are doing well. We didn’t have injuries tonight and we can continue to work, to prepare the next two games here and this is good."

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