Naturally, one of the topics brought up was the intense competition for playing time at wing for Hansi Flick. Sané insisted that it is a healthy battle for playing time and that the three players get along and support each other.
“We all get along very well, on and off the pitch. Everyone knows that they have to accept the challenge. That can only make us better,” said Sané (as captured by Tz).
One of the key differentiators among the players is how they approach pressing and the commitment each has to their respective defensive responsibilities. While it might have taken him a while to embrace these aspects of Hansi Flick’s strategy, Sané indicated a strong focus on defending has always been expected of him.
“I had to do that at City, also at Schalke — everyone expected that from me,” Sané said. “It is nothing new now. I have now found my rhythm and have shown that strength in games. I know what makes my game strong. My defensive work is also part of that.”
In the end, Sané just wants to be a part of a Champions League winner and said he will do whatever is asked to ensure he gets to experience that feeling.
“It’s a big goal of mine, of every footballer,” Sané said. “That is why it is very important to me that we play a good game tomorrow.”