The Bayern Munich defender has defended the quality of the XI put out by Jupp Heynckes for the 4-0 Bavarian derby win over Nurnberg on SaturdayBayern Munich centre-back Jerome Boateng has labelled claims that Jupp Heynckes put out a B-Team for the 4-0 win over Nurnberg "disrespectful".
Following their midweek victory over Juventus, the Bavarians rested a number of stars for the derby clash but the Germany international feels the side who played was still very strong.
"Honestly speaking, I think it's pretty disrespectful to talk about a B-Team," the 24-year-old told Bild.
"They were even talking about a B-Team when there were changes on only three positions, when Arjen Robben, Mario Gomez and me, three international players, were in the starting XI.
"A little bit more respect is called for."
The Bundesliga champions meet Barcelona on April 23 for the first leg of their Champions League semi-final tie at the Allianz Arena, but Boateng refused to talk about the encounter so early.
"What is it the point in starting the big talk now?" he continued.
"Last year, everything went fine until right before the end. And all of the sudden, we were the muppets. However, we can set thing straight this year."