Lessons learned after the win in Darmstadt – Sané is sadly unrecognizable at Bayern GuardianMagazines


FC Bayern clearly wins in Darmstadt on the 26th Bundesliga matchday after coming from behind. FCBinside provides three insights into the game.

Before the international break, Bayern celebrated another clear win in Darmstadt and ultimately got a clear win after a surprising 0-1 deficit at the bottom of the table 5:2 away win. The game provided three insights:

1. Sané is unrecognizable

During the first half of the season it was often said: Leroy Sané is having his best season in a Bayern jersey. But for weeks now, the national player has only been a shadow of his former self.

His appearances on the pitch are staid, his numbers are devastating: Sané scored his last point scorer almost six weeks ago with an assist in the 3-1 win against Mönchengladbach. His last goal in the Bundesliga was in a brace in the first leg (!) against Darmstadt 98 almost five months ago.

The 28-year-old last scored in the Champions League on the first matchday of the preliminary round against Manchester United. In the first half of the season, however, Sané scored eight times and prepared ten goals by matchday 17.

Then came the break: Sané was replaced prematurely six times in a row and was only involved in one goal in eleven games in all competitions in the second half of the season.

Sané was also taken off the pitch early in Darmstadt and he was unable to make any real impact in Darmstadt either.

At the moment, Sané is unrecognizable. The offensive player is simply not fit, has to deal with injuries again and again and plays in pain, as coach Thomas Tuchel has emphasized several times.

Sané will not be able to take part in the German national team’s upcoming international matches in France and against the Netherlands because he is suspended following his assault in the test against Austria.

Hopefully Sané can use this break to get back into shape. For the upcoming tasks – such as the Champions League duels with Arsenal FC – the Munich team needs Sané from the first half of the season.

2. There are no limits for Musiala

Jamal Musiala was the best man on the pitch in Darmstadt. Scoring two goals himself, beautifully preparing Serge Gnabry’s goal and always being dangerous in other ways – Musiala is a joy to watch at the moment.

After the game, the 21-year-old received praise from all sides – even from the opponent’s coach. “He will lead the team to the European Championships – if they don’t even become European champions with him,” said Darmstadt coach Torsten Lieberknecht exuberantly.

His own coach Tuchel was also enthusiastic about Musiala: “Wow. The light goes out for a moment. Jamal has been very decisive in the game in the last few weeks. We are always happy with him, the potential is outstanding.”

“Potential” is the operative word here. Whenever Musiala performs magic, he only seems to be announcing what is to come from him in the future. His potential seems limitless!

You can actually trust a player like that to do anything in the future. This is how future world footballers play. Musiala is a treasure. Not just for Bayern, not just for Germany, but for football itself.

3. Zaragoza is (so far) a misunderstanding

One realization came before the game in Darmstadt when it was noticed that Bryan Zaragoza wasn’t even in the Bayern squad. This wasn’t due to injury, there was simply no more room for the winter newcomer.

Twenty players can be named in a squad for a Bundesliga game, which means nine players for the bench. Bayern’s injury concerns have eased, and nine licensed players were able to take a seat on the bench for the first time this season. They were in Darmstadt: Sven Ulreich, Dayot Upamecano, Minjae Kim, Alphonso Davies, Sacha Boey, Konrad Laimer, Serge Gnabry, Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting and Mathys Tel.

Therefore, who Tuchel found most expendable was eliminated – and that was Zaragoza. The Spaniard is in a difficult situation at FCB.

Zaragoza was brought in earlier in the winter so that Bayern would have more offensive options after the injuries to Serge Gnabry and Kingsley Coman. But so far the 22-year-old has only had short appearances as a gift. Actually it is not needed.

Tuchel also justified this with problems with integration; Zaragoza doesn’t speak any German or even a smattering of English. This will continue to be difficult for the Spanish international in the future.

Coman should also return after the international break. It is quite possible that Zaragoza will often not be in the squad in the future. At least so far, this winter deal has been a misunderstanding for both sides.

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By Sebastian Mittag




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