Carlo Ancelotti, who was sacked by Bayern Munich last week, admitted that "in 22 years I've never had a difficult relationship", denying that he had fallen out with five players as Uli Hoeness, the club president, claimed.
Hoeness said his decisions had angered Thomas Muller, Franck Ribery, Arjen Robben, Robert Lewandowski and Jerome Boateng.
"In 22 years I've never had a difficult relationship," said Ancelotti. "I just make choices and I want them to be intelligently understood. Peace is my style. I've had calm teachers, my mother, my father, Liedholm (his coach at Milan). In Madrid they said I had too close a relationship with the players, in Bayern, the opposite. The truth? I don't treat them like players, but like people. It's different."