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By Ben Hayward
The Frenchman and the Italian worked together at Juventus and Real, but will now be adversaries as coaches of two of the continent's top teams — starting Wednesday.
Bayern Munich boss Carlo Ancelotti has wished Zinedine Zidane luck as coach of Real Madrid, but says he hopes his former colleague enjoys a little less fortune in European competition from now on.
Ancelotti coached Zidane at Juventus and the Frenchman was his assistant when Madrid claimed their 10th European Cup crown by beating Atletico in Lisbon in 2014.
After a spell at Real's youth team, Castilla, Zidane is now in the top job at Madrid and led Los Blancos to another Champions League trophy with victory over Atleti again - this time on penalties - at San Siro in May.
But Ancelotti, now installed as Pep Guardiola's successor at Bayern, hopes his team will become the force in Europe in 2016-17.
"Zidane was my player, my assistant and I wish him all the best in Spain and a little less in Europe," the Italian said on Tuesday.
And he added: "Zizou was a great player and he has charisma. And that's very important to work with the players. He had everything needed to coach Madrid."
Previously colleagues at Juve and Real, Ancelotti and Zidane will now be rivals as coaches of two of Europe's elite teams and the two men meet as Bayern and Madrid square up in the International Champions Cup in New York on Wednesday.
Bayern lost on penalties to AC Milan after a 3-3 draw with the Rossoneri in their first ICC clash, before thrashing Inter 4-1 on Saturday.
Jerome Boateng has linked up with the Bayern squad after returning early from his holidays following Euro 2016. Meanwhile, Holger Badstuber has been training alone and Arjen Robben is back in Germany recovering from injury.
Jese is on the verge of a move to Paris Saint-Germain and will not feature as Madrid step up their preparations for the UEFA Super Cup against Sevilla in Trondheim on August 9.
Zidane's men lost 3-1 to PSG in their first ICC fixture, before a 3-2 win over Chelsea on Saturday.
The transfer window has been quiet so far for Madrid, but Zidane said last week: "Anything could happen until the last day of the window."
Real kick off against Bayern on Wednesday night at 7:35 p.m. ET.
ICC 2016 Match Recap: FC Bayern 0-1 Real Madrid CF powered by
By Sacha Pisani
In Carlo Ancelotti's reunion with Real Madrid, the European champions came out on top in New Jersey on Wednesday.
Substitute Danilo was the hero in New Jersey, coming off the bench to score a stunning individual goal in Real Madrid's 1-0 win over Bayern Munich in the International Champions Cup.
Much of the buildup to the ICC clash at MetLife Stadium centered on Bayern Munich boss Carlo Ancelotti and his reunion with former employer Madrid, where he led the Spanish giants to Champions League glory in 2014.
But Ancelotti was unable to get one over Madrid as Danilo spoiled the preseason party, firing the ball through the hands of Bayern goalkeeper Sven Ulreich with 11 minutes remaining Wednesday.
Danilo - on the pitch for 16 minutes - charged down the flank before cutting inside onto his left foot as his thunderous long-range effort proved too hot to handle, as Madrid now turns its attention to the UEFA Super Cup against Sevilla on Aug. 9.
Bayern and Madrid both made four changes to their starting XIs, with the German champions bringing in captain Philipp Lahm, Xabi Alonso, Juan Bernat and keeper Ulreich for Fabian Benko, Franck Ribery, Milos Pantovic and Tom Starke following a 4-1 victory over Inter.
As for Madrid — which saw off Chelsea 3-2 last time out — Zinedine Zidane gave James Rodriguez a chance in midfield along with Isco amd Luka Modric, while captain Sergio Ramos returned in defense at the expense of Mateo Kovacic, Marco Asensio, Sergio Diaz and Nacho.
Bayern controlled most of the play in the first half, and while the Bavarians created chances, they were unable to break through.
On the front foot from the outset, David Alaba came closest for Bayern in the 25th minute, rattling the right post with a delightful free kick that left Madrid goalkeeper Kiko Casilla stranded.
American forward Julian Green — the hat-trick hero from Bayern's rout of Inter — should have put the Germans ahead not long after, having controlled the ball between two defenders, but his finish lacked the direction and power to trouble Casilla.
Casilla was called into action just past the half-hour mark, forced to turn Thiago Alcantara's powerful effort around the post.
Madrid did have some spells of possession in the front third, but Rodriguez and Co. were forced to try their luck from range before the break.
The Spaniards were the better side in the second half, dominating proceedings for larger periods and they almost hit the front on the hour-mark.
Alvaro Morata sprung the offside trap but the Spain international was unable to curl his shot inside the post, while Madrid came close again two minutes later, with Isco hitting the post from outside the penalty area.
Danilo, though, finally broke the deadlock in the 79th minute, cutting inside between two opponents and unleashing a thunderous strike through the hands of the Bayern keeper.
Diaz could have made it 2-0 in stoppage time but Ulreich was up to the task to deny the substitute.