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Bayern Munich fines Sanches for outburst; Kimmich also critical of Kovac

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In the continuing aftermath of yesterdays hectic day including the confirmation of Philippe Coutinho’s transfer to Bayern and their 2-2 draw to Hertha BBC, new reports are detailing discontent within the Bayern locker room.

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In the continuing aftermath following Bayern Munich’s 2-2 draw to Hertha BBC to open the Bundesliga season, a new report from Bild details some discontent within the Bayern’s locker room. According to the report, Kimmich was heard criticizing Kovac’s late subs from the locker room. One of those late subs, Renato Sanches, angry at receiving only 5 minutes of game time, issued some angry comments outright declaring his desire to leave FC Bayern. As a result of that outburst, Niko Kovac fined Sanches €10,000.

Bayern chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge was quoted in response to Sanches’ comments as stating:

It’s not appropriate when one runs off in anger right after the first or second game. He would do well to keep calm. He’ll get his chances; we’re all convinced by him.

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Furthermore, according to Bild, Niko Kovac was quoted as saying,

Actually, I thought about whether I should substitute anyone at all, because the team did well. I could not say anything negative about Serge, Thomas, or anyone. On the contrary! Everyone gave their all. I actually did not have to sub anyone.

Clearly there is a rather high level of discontent within Bayern’s locker room. While Rummenigge has publicly supported Sanches time and time again, as was mentioned in another great piece (see here) it might just be time to cut losses and move on. If Kovac can’t regain control of the locker room and be on the same page as his players, this could be a very long season.