Boateng now lifts lid on Ancelotti’s Bay­ern exit

‘King Carlo’ paid heavy price for drop­ping five star play­ers in Champs League loss to PSG

Daily Nation (Kenya) - - SPORT -

Ger­man cham­pi­ons lead Dort­mund by four points in race for Bun­desliga ti­tle

Mu­nich star Jerome Boateng has lifted the lid on Carlo Ancelotti’s team se­lec­tion for what turned out to be the man­ager’s last match in charge, a Cham­pi­ons League thrash­ing in Paris.

Bay­ern were ham­mered 3-0 at the end of Septem­ber as Dani Alves, Edin­son Ca­vani and Ney­mar net­ted for Paris Saint-ger­main af­ter Ancelotti dropped five stars from his start­ing line-up, in­clud­ing Boateng.

Boateng re­vealed how he, Ar­jen Robben, Mat Hum­mels, Franck Ribery and Kings­ley Co­man dis­cov­ered they would not start against PSG. “That was very strange,” Boateng told Mu­nich news­pa­per, the Sued­deutsche Zeitung.

“We sat in the meet­ing room and five of us were told an hour and a half be­fore the game that we would not play - sud­denly and with­out ex­pla­na­tion. The play­ers in ques­tion were shocked, you can say that much.”

Ancelotti was fired the day af­ter the de­feat. Boateng also in­di­rectly con­firmed re­ports that train­ing un­der Ancelotti was not de­mand­ing enough. Robben has re­port­edly com­plained to re­porters that his young son had harder ses­sions with his youth team.

“The train­ing was cer­tainly dif­fer­ent to what we al­ready knew,” said Boateng. “And as a player, you can al­ready tell your­self if you are at 100 per­cent or not.”

In five weeks since vet­eran coach Jupp Heynckes, who steered Bay­ern to the 2013 tre­ble, re­placed Ancelotti, Bay­ern have made up a five-point deficit on Dort­mund to now lead the Ger­man league table by four points.

Boateng has had a tough year af­ter shoul­der surgery in De­cem­ber 2016 was fol­lowed by a thigh in­jury in May which kept him out un­til early Septem­ber.

“That was re­ally a dark time, es­pe­cially since I had al­most noth­ing (in­juries) for so many years and then sud­denly ev­ery­thing came full throt­tle,” he said about his dou­ble in­juries. “It was par­tic­u­larly hard af­ter the shoul­der in­jury. I could play again af­ter three months, but I wasn’t the same Boateng. I felt like I had a dif­fer­ent body.”

The 29-year-old cen­tre-back was still work­ing his way back to fit­ness when Ancelotti left him out of the clash with PSG. (AFP)

We sat in the meet­ing room and five of us were told an hour and a half be­fore the game that we would not play - sud­denly and with­out ex­pla­na­tion. The play­ers in ques­tion were shocked, you can say that much” Jerome Boateng, Bay­ern Mu­nich star

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