If things do not improve soon, Carlo Ancelotti’s job at Bayern Munich could be on the line, according to former captain Stefan Effenberg.
The Italian led Bayern to a fifth successive Bundesliga crown in his first season at the Allianz Arena but also oversaw the club's earliest Champions League exit since 2010-11, losing to Real Madrid in the quarter-finals.
Bayern have suffered defeats at the hands of Arsenal, AC Milan, Inter, Liverpool and Napoli over the course of their pre-season schedule, and Effenberg believes Ancelotti may not be around much longer if he cannot improve on last term.
"If the season unfolds like the last one or perhaps even worse, it's possible," he told T-Online. "Players are exchanged at Bayern and maybe the coach also sometimes."
Effenberg also criticised the players' performances, adding: "I have missed players who play for and with each other so far in the pre-season.
"For me, desire is the most important thing in football. If some players lack the will, then I have to worry. But we also know that, when Bayern are hit and wounded, they can always fight back against any opponent."