BERLIN // Germany defender Jerome Boateng says he is relishing the prospect of playing under Carlo Ancelotti at Bayern Munich next season.
“I’m looking forward to what’s coming our way,” said Boateng, who has been sidelined by a groin injury since January.
Boateng, 27, says he has heard from Germany teammates Sami Khedira and Toni Kroos, who both played under Ancelotti at Real Madrid, how good the Italian is.
World Cup winner Boateng is excited, having heard Ancelotti, who will replace Manchester City-bound Pep Guardiola, has a similar style to Jupp Heynckes, who steered the Bavarians to the 2013 treble of Uefa Champions League, German Cup and Bundesliga titles.
“He [Ancelotti] is very calm, likes to talk to the players and is good at dealing with them,” said Boateng, who is set to play at June’s European championships in France. “And of course, not many people get one past him tactically.”
Ancelotti, 56, is one of the few managers to have won more Champions League titles than Guardiola.
The Spaniard lifted the trophy twice with Barcelona in 2009 and 2011, while Ancelotti has done it three times: in 2003 and 2007 with AC Milan, then in 2014 with Madrid.
Having won 2-0 at Hertha Berlin on Saturday, Bayern will win the Bundesliga title for a record fourth year running if they beat Borussia Moenchengladbach at home in seven days’ time.
It would mean Bayern will have won the title in each of Guardiola’s three seasons in Munich.
The Bavarians play Atletico Madrid away on Wednesday in the first leg of the Champions League’s semi-finals, having reached the last four in Europe for the last five years consecutively.
They are on course to repeat their 2013 treble in Guardiola’s swansong season.
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