Bavaria: The riddle of Sané – and Musiala, who got off to a flying start

There has been a lot of discussion about him for a week when Leroy Sané was whistled by his own fans against 1. FC Köln. He sat on the bench against Hertha for the time being. Jamal Musiala had been given preference. So what’s wrong with the 25-year-old? Does he even get it at Bayern?

Shift change: Leroy Sané (right) came on for Jamal Musiala on Saturday.

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When the line-up appeared an hour before the kick-off against Hertha BSC, it was written in black and white: Leroy Sané is only sitting on the bench, Jamal Musiala is allowed to start. This decision made by coach Julian Nagelsmann did not come as a surprise. Sané recently had a few unfortunate appearances and Musiala played freely. Just like on Saturday evening in the 5-0 win against Berlin – with his goal to 3-0 in the meantime. “Jamal has unbelievable offensive qualities, especially when it comes to dribbling. My biggest job is to make sure that he maintains that,” said coach Julian Nagelsmann: “He’s incredibly humble, he knows that he has potential.” The youngster was celebrated accordingly when he was substituted in the 61st minute by the fans when he was replaced by Sané.

Sané’s patience is dwindling

The former Manchester City offensive player also tried to shine, at least assisting Robert Lewandowski to make it 4-0. A scorer point that will certainly do you good after all the discussions of the past week. Before the game, coach Julian Nagelsmann had already emphasized Sané’s good quota after substitution: “Leroy had started twice in the Bundesliga and did well there. But he also had a lot of good moments as a joker.” Nonetheless, it doesn’t match Sané’s claim or Bayern’s expectations that he’s a good substitute… The 25-year-old is said to be a difference player over 90 minutes. At least that is the ideas of the club officials who glorified him a year ago when he moved to the Isar river.

With this pressure, the sums of money in his luggage since he switched, and the task of having to be a hero, Sané is still not really able to cope with it. The Bayern bosses had patience with him for a year. But slowly the last grains trickle through the hourglass. Because the internal competition with Serge Gnabry, Kingsley Coman and Musiala is currently more constant.

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What expectations do the bosses have of Leroy Sané? What are the problems in Munich? How does the 25-year-old compare to Franck Ribery and Arjen Robben? Why has he not yet made his breakthrough at Bayern? And what do former friends and fans say about him? You can read the complete cover story “Das Rätsel Sané” with all the backgrounds in the new Monday edition of kicker (or here in the eMagazine).

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