Boateng re­veals Bay­ern were left baf­fled by Ancelotti

Sport360 - - News - By Ry­land James @ry­land­james edi­to­rial@sport360.com

Bay­ern 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 PSG af­ter Ancelotti dropped five stars from his start­ing line-up, in­clud­ing Boateng.

Boateng re­vealed how he, Ar­jen Robben, Mats Hum­mels, Franck Ribery and Kings­ley Co­man dis­cov­ered they would not start.

“That was very strange,” Boateng told Mu­nich news­pa­per, the Sud­deutsche 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 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 per cent 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 Borus­sia Dort­mund to now lead the Bun­desliga 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. The 29-year-old was still work­ing his way back to fit­ness when Ancelotti left him out of the clash with PSG.

“I’ve learnt to take breaks, I have learnt to no longer say ‘ok, I am fit now, let’s go’, but rather ‘I am fit and will build up over the next two weeks be­fore I can play’,” added Boateng. “I don’t ever want to re­turn too fast again.”

“The play­ers were shocked, you can say that much” – Boateng

Mov­ing on: Jerome Boateng.

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