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'Strange, strange Ancelotti' - Boateng shares opinion on Italian coach

Published:Saturday | November 11, 2017 | 12:00 AM

Bayern Munich defender Jerome Boateng described Carlo Ancelotti's team selection against Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League earlier this season as 'strange' as he reflected on his experience with the Italian coach.

Ancelotti was eventually fired by the Germans after losing 3-0 in Paris, with Boateng left out altogether and Mats Hummels, Arjen Robben, Kingsley Coman and Franck Ribery all on the bench.

"It was really strange," Boateng was quoted.

"Five of us were suddenly told in the team meeting room, without any explanation, 90 minutes before the game that we weren't playing.

"You could say the players in question were shocked," added the towering defender.

Boateng also chimed in on reports that Ancelotti's training sessions were too relaxed, but would not deliberate whether or not that led to more injuries.

"It can never be proven that one is linked to the other, but let's just say we trained differently than how we were used to.

"As a player, you know whether you are 100 per cent or not.

"Jupp Heynckes' return? His dignified manner has played a huge role in our present success.

"Every player is considered part of the group, and he makes everyone feel important. That gives us players the feeling that we wish to give something back.

"I am feeling very happy in Munich again."