It was a productive weekend for Bayern Munich in the Bundesliga. The Bavarian club got back to winning ways in the league with a convincing 4-0 win against Bayer Leverkusen. The victory against Leverkusen brought an end to a winless run of four Bundesliga games for Die Roten.
The victory against Leverkusen on Friday and other results in the Bundesliga helped Bayern to move up in the points table. The defending champions are currently third in the points table, two points behind league leaders Union Berlin.
Jamal Musiala played a big role in Die Roten’s win against Leverkusen. The youngster excelled in the final third and contributed to every goal scored during his stay on the pitch. Musiala has slowly established himself as one of the best teenagers in European football after enjoying a very productive start to the season.
Bayern’s summer recruit Sadio Mane has been thoroughly impressed with the young players in the current squad, such as Musiala. While talking to UEFA, Mane insisted that playing with younger players at Bayern is very easy since they show great intensity in training. The Senegalese forward insisted that younger players in the current squad are very talented and promising.
"“We have a very, very young squad. It’s the first time in my career that I have been part of such a young group. What really stands out to me is that they’re all hungry. They all want to develop and they’re attentive too.”“Training sessions are as intense as the games. It’s important as I think it makes a real difference and it shows. It’s so easy to play alongside these youngsters, who are massively talented and promising.”"
Along with Musiala, Bayern also has promising young defenders in the squad, such as Alphonso Davies and Josip Stanisic. Davies has firmly established himself as the first-choice left-back, while Stanisic has done a very solid job whenever he has been used in the right-back position.
Ryan Gravenberch and Paul Wanner are the long-term midfield options for Bayern. The Dutchman is frustrated with less playing time right now, but he will definitely have a big role to play for Bayern in the long term if he fulfills his talent. Wanner made his debut for the senior team in January and continues to train with the first team. The club hierarchy rates him highly and expects him to become a big player for Die Roten in the future.
Bayern has done a great job in maintaining a good mix of experience and youth in the first team. The senior players such as Sadio Mane, Manuel Neuer, and Thomas Muller will continue to contribute massively to the club’s success over the next few years. Some players are entering the peak of their careers. Hasan Salihamidzic and his team deserve a lot of credit for astute squad planning.
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Mane also insisted that he is slowly getting used to the new country and league. The Senegalese forward brought an end to a mini-goal drought of five games by finding the net against Leverkusen. Mane will be hoping to lead from the front and become an example for the younger players in the squad as the season progresses.