Observer on Saturday - - Sport -

Carlo Ancelotti's team se­lec­tion for Bay­ern Mu­nich's 3-0 Cham­pi­ons League de­feat to Paris Saint-Ger­main left a num­ber of play­ers "shocked," says Jerome Boateng.

Boateng was left out of the match­day squad for the Septem­ber de­feat by Ancelotti, with cen­tre-back Mats Hum­mels join­ing Kingsley Co­man and ex­pe­ri­enced wingers Ar­jen Robben and Franck Ribery on the bench.

The Ger­many in­ter­na­tional de­fender re­vealed a con­tin­gent of play­ers were left stunned by the coach, who has since been re­placed by Jupp Heynckes, in­form­ing them they would not play in the hours lead­ing up to kick-off.

"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 any ex­pla­na­tion," Boateng told Sud­deutsche Zeitung.

"The play­ers in ques­tion were shocked, you can say that."

Boateng made just 13 Bun­desliga ap­pear­ances last term, with a shoul­der in­jury sus­tained in De­cem­ber 2016 rul­ing him out for three months.

The 29-year-old found his re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion dif­fi­cult and strug­gled to feel com­fort­able in him­self on the pitch once again.


"That was a dark time, es­pe­cially since I had al­most no in­juries for a num­ber of years, and then sud­denly ev­ery­thing went full throt­tle," he re­vealed.

"I was able to play again af­ter three months, but that was not the same Boateng.

"I felt like I had a dif­fer­ent body."

SHOCKED: Jerome Boateng.

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