MUNICH — Jerome Boateng has stated Bayern Munich gamers have been “shocked” by Carlo Ancelotti’s workforce choice for the Champions League defeat at Paris Saint-Germain.
Ancelotti, sacked as Bayern coach after the Three-Zero loss, left Mats Hummels, Arjen Robben, Kingsley Coman and Franck Ribery on the bench, whereas Boateng didn’t characteristic and watched the sport from the stands.
The defender informed Suddeutsche Zeitung: “It was actually odd. 5 of us have been instantly informed within the workforce room — with none clarification — 90 minutes earlier than the sport that we weren’t taking part in.
“You may say that the gamers in query have been shocked.”
Studies stated senior Bayern gamers have been sad with Ancelotti’s teaching strategies, with claims that accidents occurred in video games due to his relaxed regime.
Boateng stated: “It will possibly by no means be confirmed that one is linked to the opposite, however let’s simply say we educated otherwise than how we have been used to. As a participant, whether or not you might be 100 p.c or not.”
The Germany worldwide suffered quite a lot of muscle accidents final season, beginning solely 10 Bundesliga video games as Bayern gained a fifth successive league title, and stated: “These have been darkish days, particularly as a result of, for a few years, I had remained nearly injury-free after which every little thing instantly got here suddenly at full throttle.
“It was particularly powerful following my shoulder harm. I used to be capable of play once more after three months out, but it surely wasn’t the identical Boateng. I had the sensation I used to be in one other physique.”
Jupp Heynckes took over from Ancelotti, his fourth spell answerable for the champions, and Boateng stated: “Heynckes is greater than the coach with whom we gained the treble with in 2013.
“We spoke on the phone often following his departure. He is one of many few who acquired in contact when it was not going so properly for me, for instance throughout my outing with accidents.”
Heynckes has steered Bayern to 4 straight league wins, leaving them 4 factors clear on the high of the desk, and have additionally progressed to the knockout phases of the Champions League and the final 16 of the DFB Pokal.
Boateng stated: “His dignified method has performed an enormous position in our current success.
“Each participant is taken into account a part of the group, and he makes everybody really feel vital. That offers us gamers the sensation that we want to give one thing again to this man.
“I’m feeling very completely satisfied in Munich as soon as once more.”
Mark Lovell covers Bayern Munich for ESPN FC. Comply with him on Twitter: @LovellLowdown.