The ultimate footballing insult
Leroy Sane decided to make the high-profile move away from Manchester City and Pep Guardiola to join German heavyweights Bayern Munich. The German winger had become disillusioned at the northwest English club, and a move back to his homeland made sense for the winger as he looked to pursue a rejuvenation of his career after a serious injury.
However, it was never going to be a simple ride in Bavaria. Bayern Munich are a side packed with very talented wide players. Serge Gnabry, Kingsley Coman and Douglas Costa have all made themselves excellent options for Hansi Flick.
So far this season, Leroy Sane has three goals and three assists in 11 Bundesliga games. However, the 24-year-old experienced one of the trickiest situations which any footballer can have happen to them on a football field. Starting the top of the table clash against Bayer Leverkusen from the bench, Sane was brought onto the field after an injury to Coman in the 32nd minute.
However, by the 68th Flick decided to bring off Sane for young attacking midfielder Jamal Musiala. After the match, Flick explained his decision.
“It’s not a maximum penalty. We had to make a sensible change. I didn’t want to take Thomas [Muller] out because he is indispensable for us. I had to take this option. It’s about team success. Individuals have to back down. Of course that’s not nice for Leroy,” said Flick.
“But he gets all the support for us. We had to react like that because there was no other option.”
German icon Lothar Matthaus has praised the Bayern coach for his ruthless decision-making which was done for the greater good of the team.
“Leroy Sané was not injured. He was rightly substituted. I think it’s good that Hansi Flick has the courage to take him out and show the player: I’m not satisfied with you. He’s not a reinforcement at the moment for Bayern Munich,” Germany’s record-holding national player said.
This is something which has occurred in the Premier League recently. Former interim Everton manager Duncan Ferguson decided to substitute Moise Kean having already brought the Italian forward onto the pitch earlier in the match.
Ferguson explained that the decision was just to waste time and it was not a personal vendetta against Kean himself.
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