Boateng likens Ancelotti to Heynckes

Jerome Boateng admits he is looking forward to the reign of Carlo Ancelotti next season and feels the Italian shares similarities to his former treble-winning coach, Jupp Heynckes.

Heynckes delivered domestic and European dominance with Die Roten with a high intensity gameplay, something their departing coach Pep Guardiola has failed to replicate,

The Germany international defender feels the Italian manager will bring success to the club and conceded he has already done his homework from friends that's played under the former Real Madrid boss.

"It's not like I started calling people right away to find out what kind of coach Ancelotti is," he told Abendzeitung.

"You simply know stuff like that already. Toni Kroos and Sami Khedira, who worked with him at Real Madrid, had already told me about him before.

"He is a bit like Heynckes. He is pretty calm, talks a lot to his players and has a good relationship with the team. And not a whole lot of coaches will be able to match him tactically.

"Ancelotti has seen and done it all, he has won a lot of silverware. It will be quite something to work with him and I am looking forward to it."