Robert Lewandowski and Thomas Muller back ‘top player’ Leroy Sane to bounce back after winger is humiliated by being subbed on and off in 36-MINUTE cameo for Bayern Munich’s victory against Bayer Leverkusen
- Leroy Sane was substituted on and off as Bayern Munich beat Bayer Leverkusen
- Bayern boss Hansi Flick insisted he wasn’t punishing Sane by taking him off
- Robert Lewandowski and Thomas Muller backed Sane to succeed at Bayern
Robert Lewandowski and Thomas Muller have outlined their support for Leroy Sane after the winger was substituted on and later taken off during Bayern Munich’s 2-1 victory away to Bayer Leverkusen.
Bayern won 2-1, with Lewandowski scoring both of his side’s goals, including a late winner, but much of the post-match discussion focused on Sane.
After entering the fray in the 32nd minute as a replacement for the injured Kingsley Coman, Sane was taken off in the 68th minute, with youngster Jamal Musiala coming on.
Leroy Sane suffered the ignominy of being substituted on and off against Bayer Leverkusen
Bayern manager Hansi Flick explained after the game that Sane was the only candidate to be taken off and stressed that the 24-year-old wasn’t being punished.
As reported by goal, Flick said: ‘It wasn’t a punishment. I had to make a sub, and the options were either Thomas Muller, Serge Gnabry or Leroy.
‘Thomas is indispensable for our system, Serge really got into the game in the second half. So I had to sub Leroy off.
‘Ultimately, it’s about the success of the team above the individuals. We support Leroy in every way possible.’
Lewandowski stressed that Sane, who has scored five goals and provided three assists in 16 games since joining from Manchester City, should be given time to settle in at Bayern.
‘He needs a bit of time,’ Lewandowski said. ‘Next year I’m sure he’ll show his quality. I’ll keep my fingers crossed for him – he’s a great guy.
‘He knows himself that he can benefit from a short break and we will need him going forward.’
Robert Lewandowski defended Sane and backed the winger to succeed at Bayern Munich
Muller, meanwhile, described Sane as a ‘top player’ and expressed confidence that he will soon be able to make a major impact for Bayern.
‘Hansi must have had his reasons,’ Muller said.
‘Personally, I really enjoy playing with Leroy and I think we had more offensive moves down the right when he came on.
‘I don’t think it will be that long until we start talking about Leroy in a different way. He is very close to breaking through.
‘He shouldn’t get frustrated by this but motivated. It doesn’t make it any easier that we’re struggling a little as a team at the moment.
Thomas Muller also issued his support for Sane, describing the winger as a ‘top player’
‘The guy is really a top player, he was injured for a long time. He also wants more from himself.
‘The team will help him. I’m sure and I totally believe in him. He has qualities that he will hopefully show us in the first game of the new year.’
Bayern’s victory means that they are two points ahead of Leverkusen at the top of the Bundesliga.
They are not in league action again until January 3, when they host Mainz.