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Leroy Sané does his best to fend off pressure, criticism at Bayern Munich

It is never easy at Bayern Munich.

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Leroy Sané knew there would be an amped up sense of urgency when making the move from Manchester City to Bayern Munich.

The 27-year-old understood the expectations of the fans, the club, and media — especially when arriving as a long-anticipated transfer.

“The pressure at a club like FC Bayern is much too high to be able to rest on your own performances. On top of that, there’s still a long way to go this season. Up to now it’s gone quite well, but I also want to be on it when we head into the crucial period in the Champions League and the league in the spring,” Sané told (as captured by @iMiaSanMia). “You have to block it out. I always have my own standards anyway. Sometimes I score a goal and get an assist but I might still be unhappy with myself. I have very high demands of myself there, which I always want to meet, just like the demands of my coach.”

Sané also knows that the scrutiny of his performances can be overbearing at times. The Germany international just tries to keep a level head through it all.

“In periods when you’re under criticism, you always want to do well and win even more. It’s important not to get tensed up by it. Instead, you should show the opposite reaction: if you put yourself under too much pressure then very little comes off,” Sané said. “That’s then sometimes misinterpreted by the public – suddenly they say the boys aren’t giving their all, they’re not focused and what have you. The bad pass tends to happen when you’re too tense, too eager to get it right. But for me, criticism is first and foremost a motivation.”

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