After going through a mini-transition phase, Bayern Munich have started flooring opponents once again. One man who has been in the center of his club and country’s recent electrifying displays is Leroy Sané. The 25-year-old looks to have finally arrived at Die Roten, having provided three goals and four assists as part of his brilliant start to season 2021/22 so far.
Speaking after his team’s seven-goal feast against Bochum, coach Julian Nagelsmann gave a detailed explanation for Sané’s upturn in form (as captured by Bundesliga.com).
“I can really see his development, he’s incredibly committed. In the two games before the international break he was also very committed and was giving his all. I think he’s made an extremely good decision, without anybody needing to tell him to do it: in match situations that don’t require his huge talent, he’s really throwing himself into them and is rewarded for that by getting into good positions in the games,” said Nagelsmann.
Nagelsmann further highlighted the positional areas that Sané seems to have improved upon and the positive impact it has had on Bayern’s offense.
“He’s really taken several steps forward in terms of his counter-pressing. In the first half today I can remember a situation where he tracked back for 30 metres and won the ball back just before the edge of our penalty area. He did those sorts of things with the national team too, and today he scored,” Nagelsmann stated. “In attack he’s always in a good position. He’s often reduced to simply being a winger, but under me for the fourth game in a row he’s sort of played between being a number 8 and a number 10, in the half spaces where he can utilize his unbelievable qualities and with his pace and that of Alphonso Davies, we can launch a lot of good attacks.”
At Bayern, Sané has received tremendous support from his teammates as well as the club’s coaching team. According to Nagelsmann, this has played a pivotal role in motivating the winger to push himself to the limit.
“I’ve said many times that we shouldn’t talk about [Leroy] too much; we should just let him play. Every player needs a good relationship with the coaching staff and the fans in order to feel good and work hard. I think he has that here,” Nagelsmann said. “I’ve always said what an outstanding player he is and that he’ll bring us a lot of joy. He’s shown that in the last few weeks.”
With his stunning free-kick goal, Sané has now been involved in at least one goal for five matches in a row. Based on his recent form, fans can expect the former Manchester City man to continue to improve his goal tally against Greuther Fürth, this weekend.