After Bayern Munich’s 2-1 victory over SC Freiburg, manage Hansi Flick was asked why a couple of newcomers to the club were left out of the game day squad.
Specifically, Douglas Costa and Bouna Sarr did not make the cut.
“We have a lot of healthy players, which is good, it affected the two of them,” Flick said (per Tz).
The omission of both players was curious as wing and right-back are two areas that had some focus headed into the game. At wing, Serge Gnabry and Kingsley Coman were both recently banged up and Leroy Sane has not exactly been in the best form on a consistent basis. Gnabry, of course, ended up leaving the game with an injury in the first half.
As for right-back, Benjamin Pavard has also been in a bit of a slump, so not having Sarr available was interesting to say the least.
Regardless, Flick quickly analyzed Sane’s play on the day and came away impressed at the signs of improvement being shown.
“I don’t like to single out individual players, but he did very well today and did things that the team wants to see from him,” said Flick. “You could see a good development. He’s always good for an assist or a goal and he proved that today.”
Sane’s teammates offered some words of support as well.
“He’s with a new club and it wasn’t an easy week for him,” said Jerome Boateng. “But we all know what he can do and take him with us. He’s been a little tense lately, but today he played a great game.”
Leon Goretzka knows that Sane’s quality will eventually be all anyone thinks about.
“Leroy has the highest demands on himself,” Goretzka said. “Today, he had a great mentality.”