The new era at Bayern Munich started on Tuesday as Thomas Tuchel took his first training sessions. Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting, Thomas Muller, Leroy Sane, Sven Ulreich, Joao Cancelo, and Bouna Sarr were part of the training session. The remaining players will return later this week once the international break comes to an end.
All players will be looking to impress Tuchel in training to make a case for a place in the starting XI against Borussia Dortmund on Saturday. It is a crucial game in the Bundesliga title race, as both teams are separated by a point. Sadio Mane is specially looking forward to working with Thomas Tuchel after struggling for form in the past few weeks.
According to Sky Sports in Germany, Mane is excited about working under Tuchel. He is eager to show the club why they paid a big fee for him in the summer. Tuchel has rated Mane highly and wanted to sign the forward at Chelsea and Paris Saint-Germain.
Mane enjoyed a very good first half of the season at Bayern before the unfortunate injury against Werder Bremen at the start of November. He has scored 11 goals in all competitions until November, but a layoff of three months has disrupted Mane’s form and rhythm. The 30-year-old also missed the World Cup with Senegal due to this injury.
The former Liverpool forward made his return to action at the end of February. He has struggled to impose himself in the last five games, lacking intensity in and out of possession. Mane’s productivity has also taken a hit since he has managed only one assist in the past few weeks.
Bayern chiefs are reportedly concerned about the recent form of Mane. Considering the long time on the sidelines due to injury, players do need more time on the pitch to get back in form. Mane will hope to kickstart his campaign when the Bundesliga resumes on Saturday.
The Senegalese forward is unlikely to be in the starting XI against Dortmund due to the good form of other forwards. However, he will have a decisive role to play from the bench in this crunch game. The sooner Mane gets his first goal of Ruckrunde, the better it will be for the team as Die Roten enters the business end of the season. A confident Mane can boost Bayern’s chances in all competitions.
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Meanwhile, Jamal Musiala continues to train individually ahead of Der Klassiker. The young attacking midfielder has recovered from a hamstring strain, but he didn’t train with the main group on Tuesday. A late decision is likely to be made on his availability for the game against Dortmund.