Leroy Sane’s form at Bayern Munich has taken a quick turn for the better and his upward trajectory can’t seem to be stopped at the moment. The winger continued his fine run of form in Bayern’s 5-0 thrashing of Dynamo Kyiv in the Champions League at the Allianz Arena, scoring a goal and providing an insist en route to officially collecting the man of the match award.
Speaking after the full-time whistle, Sane insisted that he always knew there was going to be immense pressure joining Bayern from Manchester City and it’s clear that he struggled with that at the beginning of this season. His poor performances started to cause whistles and jeers from pockets of Bayern supporters and it was clear he was rather low on confidence, but he’s clearly turned a corner. “I knew that it would be tough here and that there was a lot of pressure. I try to stay calm and perform. That worked out well in the last few weeks. That’s no good (whistles during the win over FC Koln), definitely. No matter what sport. I didn’t perform well, I know that. I wanted to give something back now,” he reflected on his rut earlier this season (Tz).
Sane was constantly a threat against Kyiv down the left channel. His goal in the the 74th minute seemed to have completely bamboozled Kyiv keeper Heorhiy Bushchan in what looked to be a fizzed crossed that Sane just happened to strike with the perfect connection, sneaking past Bushchan at the near post. He was found in acres of space by Thomas Muller on the left flank and admitted after that match that he was not intentionally trying to shoot from that position. Rather, he was just trying to whip a cross into the danger area where Joshua Kimmich, Robert Lewandowski, and Jamal Musiala were lurking. Ultimately, he joked that his crossing technique let him down. “No, that wasn’t on purpose, I wanted to pass the ball in normally. I was a little lucky that my technique wasn’t that good,” he comically explained.
Sane was also the provider for Serge Gnabry’s goal in the 68th minute, which was a perfectly example of Bayern’s incredible pace in turning defense to attack. Sane did exceptionally well to control Niklas Sule’s long clearance and send Gnabry in on goal with his second touch. His first touch is really what made that sequence possible.