Ex-Bayern professional Jerome Boateng is criticized.
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Jerome Boateng is criticized by France expert David Fioux, allegedly the ex-Bayern star is not well received in his own team either.

Lyon – Jerome Boateng was considered the FC Bayern Munich as a real leader, as someone who can rouse his middle players with his mentality. In his ten years at Säbener Strasse, he won the German championship nine times, the DFB Cup five times and the Champions League twice. In the summer of 2021, the 33-year-old moved to Olympique Lyon and triggered euphoria there. This euphoria is long gone, Boateng is now one of the most criticized players in a much-criticized team.

“The world champion is slow and unstable.”: Fioux with tough Boateng criticism

At the beginning of the season, coach Peter Bosz praised Boateng yet, but criticized his fitness level. David Fioux, the chief reporter of the L’Equipe, renewed the criticism of Boateng, who was struggling with an infection of the shinbone around the turn of the year. “Boateng is actually not able to complete a whole game. He can last a maximum of 60 minutes. Unbelievable for a centre-back.”

Ex-Bayern professional Jerome Boateng is criticized. © IMAGO/Frederic Chambert

Fioux also sees the environment as a possible reason. “The Boateng from Lyon no longer looks like the Boateng from Munich. There he had super buddies like David Alaba, a coach who loved him like Hansi Flick and of course a level to match. Life is much more difficult for him in Ligue 1,” judges the editor-in-chief.

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Peter Bosz, the former coach of Borussia Dortmund and Bayer 04 Leverkusen, took over at the former Olympique Lyon before the 21/22 season. Under predecessor Rudi Garcia, the former permanent champion reached fourth place last year, in 2020 OL was in the semi-finals of the Champions League. At the moment the team is only seventh in Ligue 1, lagging behind their own claims. There was plenty of speculation in the French media about Peter Bosz’s dismissal, but the recent 3-0 win against second-placed Olympique Marseille could save his job.

Whether it is true in the team is still questionable. reported in mid-February L’Equipe of a “Excessive claim to leadership” by Boateng, who is not well received by his teammates. Boateng still has a contract in Lyon until 2023. But there is no longer any sign of euphoria in Lyon. The Europa League elimination against West Ham United led to violent riots among the emotional fans.

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