After Bayern Munich’s crucial win against Freiburg, the players and coaching staff were happy with the result and the team’s performance. One showing, in particular, can not be overlooked. Leroy Sane’s shift in mentality is clear, and he should get praise for it.
Leroy Sane is still looking to replicate his form from the start of the season which faced a notable slump in the recent two months. Everything culminated about one month ago, in a Bundesliga match against Bayer Leverkusen, when he was subbed in the first half, and then later subbed off after 30 minutes on the pitch.
The German winger was criticized but got much-needed support from Bayern’s front office, coaching staff, and his teammates.
After that moment, Sane said that he needed to work on himself, and according to AZ, he even hired a personal coach to help him work on his physique during the Christmas holidays.
Chasing the ball
One of Sane’s biggest flaws is that when he loses the ball, he often stands around doing nothing. During the Freiburg game, we witnessed something that we had not seen from him up until now. He chased the ball often and pressed the opposing players, even in Bayern’s part of the pitch.
It was notable that he lost the ball less frequently than he did previously, and when he did lose the ball, he tried to win it back immediately.
Perhaps the best example for his improvement was in the last moments of the Freiburg match when he chased down Vincenzo Grifo deep into his own half and prevented a dangerous attack. He got positive feedback from the coach and his teammates for his performance.
Sane is a long way from his usual best, but he is on the right track to get there soon. Not just his form is getting better, he is getting used to the system that Hansi Flick prefers. Hopefully, he continues with his improvement.