Psuddenly the drinking bottle flew: And that's why it had to be a goal scorer Leroy Sane provide clarification after FC Bayern Munich's home win in the Champions League against FC Barcelona. After being substituted in the 2-0 victory of the German record champions on Tuesday evening, the national soccer player caused irritation among observers of the scene.
Sané clapped Mathys Tel, who came on for him in the 80th minute, and then coach Julian Nagelsmann. Afterwards, however, he threw his drinking bottle on the floor, clearly annoyed, and disappeared into the cabin. "I wasn't mad about the substitution," said Sané later in the mixed zone.
Rather, he was at odds with himself and his performance, which, despite the win and his goal to make it 2-0, had not satisfied him. "Today it was okay, I scored a goal but I didn't play a good game. That's why the bottle had to suffer," explained Sané.
Sané thanks the defense
Already at 2-0 to the group start Inter Milan he had scored and played outstandingly. The shape curve is pointing upwards in the World Cup season. "Switch flipped?" Sané answered a corresponding question after a weak first half of 2022 and continued: "I'm only concentrating on myself and my performance, if possible better than today."
Overall, however, the Munich presentation was appropriate. The victorious Bayern pros left the arena exhausted and sometimes even limping – but also happy and satisfied. The victory over FC Barcelona with a goalless return, worked out after a performance boost in the second half of the game Robert Lewandowski was a milestone towards the round of 16 of the Champions League. "Internationally, the team shows what it's made of," praised Bayern boss Oliver Kahn shortly before midnight in the catacombs of the stadium.
Sané explained the defense around the goalkeeper Manuel Neuer and the "outstanding" center-back duo Dayot Upamecano and Lucas Hernández the key to success. "We offensive have to say thank you to our defence," said the attacker, who made the decisive double strike perfect on Tuesday evening after Hernández's header (50th minute) with his finely played 2-0 (54th).
“We had the necessary bit of luck in the first half. Then the team acted with a different power and scored two quick goals." barge. In front of 75,000 spectators in the arena, Barça acted dominantly in the first 45 minutes, but – including the exceptionally absent Lewandowski – failed to convert the scoring chances. "It's annoying, we could have scored more here," said coach Xavi. World footballer Lewandowski left his long-term place of work without a word. It hadn't been his evening.
After two 2-0 successes at Inter Milan and against Barcelona Bavaria fully on course as leaders in Group C in Europe. In the next two games against the outsider Viktoria Pilsen, who started with two defeats, progress could already be sealed in the first half of October. Nevertheless, Kahn sees no reason to “fall into euphoria. We still have phases in the game where we can play better.”
The intense 90 minutes not only cost a lot of energy, but also left injuries. World champion Hernández tore a muscle bundle in the left adductor area and will be out for several weeks, as the record champions announced on Wednesday. defensive colleague Upamecano left the cabin with a bandaged left knee. And as the third defender, Benjamin Pavard had to leave the field early after a collision. The Frenchman was "a bit dazed", explained trainer Julian Nagelsmann. With Pavard and Upamecano, however, Bayern have already given the all-clear. Both defenders will "return to training in the next few days," it said.
The coach praised his team for what they had recently lacked in the draw series in the Bundesliga: "We showed the efficiency that we missed against Stuttgart or Gladbach." For captain Neuer, the home win was a willful effort: "We just wanted those three points more than Barcelona.”
Leon Goretzka meanwhile pointed out internal discrepancies in the cabin of the FC Bayern back in clear words. "I actually made up my mind not to say anything about it, but I can't help it. I think that was not okay during the week. A sentence I used was completely out of place," Goretzka said after Amazon Prime Video and added: "All these alleged problems in the cabin are constructed in such a way that I was really annoyed. We all get along really well in the team.”
After the 2-0 win in Milan a week ago Goretzka let it be known that he was ready for the starting XI. The midfielder had played against Stuttgart from the start, against Barca Marcel Sabitzer was in the starting XI. "We have no problem at all. I don't have a problem with the coach, nor with the fact that I didn't start today. I was out for six weeks, then played 90 minutes. It's completely normal that I don't start two days later."
Captain Manuel Neuer agreed with Goretzka. "We have a very good squad. It's normal that we have healthy competition," said the keeper. It is clear that the coach has to rotate more.