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Real Madrid get their own plane

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 By Mark Lovell

The key to Bayern boss Ancelotti's sideline chill? Naps, of course

Zinedine Zidane and Carlo Ancelotti reflect on their time with each other at Madrid, and their hopes for their quarterfinal.

Bayern Munich boss Carlo Ancelotti's chilled and relaxed manner is all down to his matchday sleep ritual if you believe SportBild.

The German magazine claim to have unearthed the secret behind Ancelotti's enduring success. The Italian is said to enjoy a lunchtime nap on matchday, sleeping like clockwork for exactly 100 minutes in the team hotel, before later cool and casually boarding the coach to the stadium -- fully rested.

Ancelotti's managerial career has been as lengthy as it has been illustrious. From humble beginnings at Reggiana in 1995 to his current post in Bavaria, the coach has seemingly been everywhere and won everything. And apparently, it's all down to his strict 40 winks -- or perhaps 100 winks -- regime.

Ancelotti's nap hand of notable trophies include the Serie A and a pair of Champions League crowns with AC Milan, the Premier League and an FA Cup with Chelsea, a Ligue 1 title with Paris Saint-Germain and another Champions League trophy and the Copa del Rey with Real Madrid.

And you can't accuse Ancelotti's Bayern side of sleepwalking at the moment. The treble-seeking club have cruised 10 points clear at the top of the Bundesliga, with the Bavarian bandwagon riding high after a 10-2 Champions League annihilation of Arsenal.

Ancelotti can look forward to sleeping in familiar surroundings in Madrid with his former side Real lying in wait in a mouthwatering Champions League quarterfinal tie in April.

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

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