On Sunday morning, the FC Bayern reservists trained at the RB Leipzig facility, after which the entire entourage of the German record champions flew back to Munich.
The Munich team had won 5:3 (3:0) the night before in the Supercup game against the Saxons. It was the highest-scoring Supercup in the history of the competition, and Bayern won the title for the tenth time.
The first assessment of the situation, just under a week before the start of the Bundesliga at Eintracht Frankfurt next Friday evening. “That makes you want more,” said club president Herbert Hainer on Sunday morning in the “double pass” on Sport1.
Leroy Sané, who spent 78 minutes on the bench, had little fun at first. Sané’s frustration erupted in the 87th minute when the international saw a yellow card for complaining.
After being substituted on, he impressed in several actions, scoring after an outstanding solo to make it 5:3 (90.8 minutes).
Sport director Hasan Salihamidzic, who now always sits in the stands instead of on the bench, said about Sané: “That’s exactly how his game looks good when he comes onto the pitch so emotionally, almost cheekily and decisively. We know that he has qualities like no other.” Attacking star Sané did not give an interview after the game.
The competition on the Munich offensive is enormous – despite the change from world footballer Robert Lewandowski to FC Barcelona. Thomas Müller, Serge Gnabry, Kingsley Coman, Starkauf Sadio Mané, Jamal Musiala, Sané – not everyone can play.
The 17-year-old Mathys Tel will soon be added. The striker, who is considered one of Europe’s brightest talents, was not eligible to play on Saturday.
In the new 4-2-2-2 system, Musiala was given preference. FC Bayern can’t function without a “real” center forward? Yes, against Leipzig the offensive worked with two flexible attackers (Mané and Gnabry) and two “tens” (Müller and Musiala). Mané scored his first competitive goal for Bayern, Gnabry prepared a goal and scored one himself.
But the best man was 19-year-old Musiala: he made it 1-0, set up Benjamin Pavard’s 3-0 and initiated Manés’ 2-0. If he continues to play like this, he should be indispensable. The line-up for the Supercup should not be too high, Sané can help the team a lot, coach Julian Nagelsmann will keep rotating. But this weekend Sané was just outside. And Musiala in focus.
Nagelsmann praised after the game: “Jamal did incredibly well. That was world class. After 60 minutes we had to get him down because he had muscular problems in the pre-season.” Musiala harmonises with Mané and raved about the approach. “It was world class,” said Nagelsmann. “If he plays like he did against Leipzig, he’s indispensable.”
The coach said of Sané: “I don’t want to talk so much about Leroy, but more with him. I like him incredibly much. He’s an incredible footballer. He had a weaker phase in the second half of the season. But I don’t scold him for that. We will sort it out.”
You’ve already seen signs that “we can play really good football,” stressed sporting director Salihamidzic.
With only 19 days of training, the preparation was “perhaps a bit too little”, said Nagelsmann, but with 19 national players there was no other way to do it. Until the opening game of the new Bundesliga season, they now want to “collect a few grains”.