The rather disappointing second half of the previous season has only strengthened the title hunger of the German soccer record champion FC Bayern Munich.
Everyone was “extremely annoyed” about the meager yield, national player Leroy Sané told the British sports magazine “The Athletic”. But that would give Bayern “motivation for this season, with a World Cup in the middle,” said the offensive player: “We have to make sure we don’t make the same mistakes again.”
Defending champion Munich opens the 60th Bundesliga season with Europa League winner Eintracht Frankfurt on Friday (8.30 p.m. / Sat.1 and DAZN). Robert Lewandowski, who moved to FC Barcelona, will then be missing – but Sané sees his team prepared for a new era.
“We will have to adapt,” said the 26-year-old. For a game system without classic wall players in the storm center, however, it is important “to help each other, to work for each other.” Sané is optimistic about this process: “This team is open to change.” He is sure “that we will have a lot of fun playing this way.”
A key reason for Sané’s optimism is the arrival of star striker Sadio Mané. “I told Sadio that I’m relieved he’s here – because I don’t have to play him anymore,” revealed Sané. Sané professionally accepts that the Senegalese, who switched from Liverpool to Bayern, could reduce his own starting eleven chances: “It’s normal for a club of this size, it’s always like that,” said the former Manchester City professional: “You can never rest and say to you: Nobody can harm me.” (dpa)