When Kingsley Coman was injured against Leverkusen after 32 minutes, Leroy Sané came on for the French. But in the second half a lesson followed for the national player.
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The Bayern Munich chapter is still not a success story for Leroy Sané. On the contrary: the international is gradually in a crisis: since his move in the summer for 45 million euros, the winger has not quite reached the record champions.
Against Bayer Leverkusen Sané experienced a new low. The 24-year-old was both alternately and eliminated against the Werkself. In the 32nd minute, Sané came on for the injured Kingsley Coman, but the performance was unfortunate. Several ball losses and tackles lost were recorded. Additionally, coach Hansi Flick apparently didn’t like Sané’s defensive work, so he gave him a lesson and took him off the field after 68 minutes. Jamal Musiala came to get him.
Hansi Flick justified the post-match substitution at the press conference as follows: “Why maximum penalty? If we switch, we have to make it sensible. When you see the second half, you can see that Thomas (Müller, editor’s note) is indispensable to us because he sees the important spaces. Serge made a jump in the second half. So Leroy’s move. “
Leroy Sané (bottom right) after being substituted: The national player was disappointed. (Source: Kirchner-Media / Image Images)
But it wasn’t a leap back for Sané, Flick explained: “He will take it, he will get all our support. Today we had to react like that because there was no other option.”
“He’s almost done undoing the knot”
It was not the first time that Sané has not been able to shine in recent weeks. Recently, criticism of the DFB player got louder. Especially the work that could be extended to the back was a thorn in the side of the critics. Football legend Lothar Matthäus said in the Chillreport interview“In the defense he has deficits anyway. He has to work on that. Pep Guardiola was critical of that at Manchester City. That is probably why he let him go because Sané is not working backwards as he imagines.”
After the Leverkusen match, Thomas Müller protected his teammate on the Sky microphone: “It won’t be long before we talk about Leroy Sané in a completely different way.” Müller continued: “We as a team are absolutely behind him. He’s very close to the button opening. Personally, I’m not worried about him.”
Sports director Hasan Salihamidzic also called for understanding: “The boy is really great. He comes from a long injury and hasn’t played a game for a long time.” The Bayern boss is convinced: “He has qualities that will help us this season. As far as I am concerned, also in the first game of the new year.”