Bayern Munich: Hansi Flick dismisses talk of rift with Leroy Sane

Former Bayern Munich head coach Hansi Flick has denied rift with Leroy Sane last season. (Photo by Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images)
Former Bayern Munich head coach Hansi Flick has denied rift with Leroy Sane last season. (Photo by Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images) /

It has not been a happy start to the season for Leroy Sane at Bayern Munich. The German winger has struggled to positively influence games. Moreover, fans have whistled him due to poor performances during August in the Bundesliga.

Sane eventually lost a place to starting XI in the Bundesliga to Jamal Musiala just before the international break. Julian Nagelsmann decided to reward Musiala for good cameos from the bench by handing him a start against Hertha Berlin last weekend.

Earlier this week, The Atheltic suggested that one of the few reasons for Sane’s poor debut campaign was Flick’s cold behaviour towards him. The report suggested that Flick was not in favour of Sane’s signing, which eventually led to the German coach relying more on other players during the campaign.

The German coach eventually moved to the national team this summer, while Julian Nagelsmann succeeded him at Die Roten. While talking to media this week (via Kicker), Flick dismissed the suggestions of a rift with Sane. The German coach also praised Sane for his performance against Liechtenstein.

"“It was said that we had problems in Munich, that’s nonsense and wrongly interpreted. It won’t be the case here either.”“There was a scene I liked in the second half when he tracked back after losing the ball and quickly won it back. He is always able to create space and danger. He has good finishing and has shown that he is ready”"

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The German winger managed ten goals and 12 assists across all competitions last season. It is more than decent output for a wide player. However, Sane’s issue has been consistency in performances over the entire campaign. (Stats courtesy: Transfermarkt)

Sane’s struggles this season have led to a positional change in the team. The German winger will reportedly play more on the left in the coming months. However, Sane will have to step up since there is a great deal of competition for wide players in the squad. The current form of Musiala and Serge Gnabry makes sure that Sane will have to impress from the bench for the time being.

The good thing for Sane at Die Roten will be the presence of Julian Nagelsmann as the head coach. The German manager has got the best out of forwards in his previous teams. Gnabry had also seen his development accelerated under Nagelsmann during the one-year loan spell at Hoffenheim.

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Sane still has an ample amount of time on his side to get back to his best. His teammates and Nagelsmann have rallied behind him after fans whistled him during the game against FC Koln this season. Considering the talent he possesses and the change of position implemented by coaching staff, it is a matter of time Sane will be back to his best.