Herzogenaurach (DPA) – Leroy Sane is a good player. This is certain. Feeling good may start with the shoes.
When the Bayern Munich professional arrived at the training ground in Herzogenaurach after his next mysterious appearance in the 1-1 draw against European champions Italy on Monday morning, he put his laced boots first into the boot oven, which is kept private by the German Football Association. After a short wait, Sané slips on the Adilettes and puts on his warm soccer boots. Now he is also ready to train for the classic international match against England.
It seems doubtful whether Hansi Flick will put the Munich winger in the starting line-up again on June 7 (8:45pm / ZDF) at Allianz Arena. Flick’s core confidence in Sane’s “very good qualities” remains unaffected after his poor appearance at Bologna. We will support him,” Flick said. Flick added, however, that support isn’t always the same as a player’s offering.
The whole team is responsible
At the start of the League of Nations, Sane again angered Italy with an erratic, sometimes lukewarm performance. He continued to decline smoothly in the second half of the season at Bayern Munich. In the cramped press room of Stadio Renato Dall’Ara in Bologna, Flick avoided the specific request of Sané’s performance. However, his response was expressive. He said, “Those who have known me for a long time know that I don’t take anyone out of here. For me, the whole team is always responsible.” He replaced Sane after 59 minutes – a clear statement.
Riddle Sanneh. Appears again a few months before the World Cup in Qatar. On a good day, Sane is the player who makes the team better with his dribbling, speed and agility. “Leroy could be a different player,” Flick confirmed. On bad days like facing Italy, Sane drives coaches, teammates and fans to despair. Flick knows this and demands: “He must show his willingness to be active. We are on it.”
‘He’s an important player’
This season, he seemed to have impressed Sane when suddenly surprised in club and national shirt by his heartfelt actions in defensive work, the whistles turned to applause. Sunny finally showed the body language that expressed determination.
“He’s an important player,” Flick confirms. On the other hand, Sunny doesn’t want to be a “charming character,” as he once said. But he’s an outstanding person, even off the field. It is not affiliated. attracts. Bayern brought former Schalke back to the Bundesliga two years ago for a fee of more than 50 million euros and a higher salary than Manchester City because they saw in him the potential to become a big star. Munich chiefs have now experienced many things at Sané: caress, claim, criticize, and protect. “You have to hit the field,” sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic warned at the end of the season. “Potential” alone is not enough.
Leroy is sensitive to some things.
Flick’s predecessor, Joachim Loew, sorted Sane into training camp shortly before the 2018 World Cup. It should be a reminder. At the European Championships 2021, Sane played only a supporting role. At 26, he is no longer young. Manuel Neuer, captain of his team in Munich and the national team, recently had a tongue-in-cheek campaign in Marbella’s training camp. “To narrate to someone who is emotional and also sensitive to some things, you can also see the performances he did in the first half of the year, and that was excellent,” said the goalkeeper.
Neuer likes to credit Sane as “not a negative year”. “It’s been – like Bayern Munich – a year full of ups and downs,” Neuer said. “I’m absolutely sure he will be an important factor for us in the team.”
Flick also certifies that Sané “played superbly for extended periods of the season”. The national coach talks a lot with ambiguity, not just about football. “I know what kind of things he has in mind in particular.” A soccer player who is as happy as Sane needs more than warm shoes to feel comfortable on the soccer field.