Goal and assist: Sané continues Champions League streak
Leroy Sané has been one of the most consistent performers in the Champions League this season. The winger has been directly involved in at least one goal in all four of Bayern's matches in Europe's premier club competition, racking up an impressive four goals and four assists in total over the first four matchdays of this campaign.
Praise from Nagelsmann
"The goal he scored himself was outstanding, and the goal he set up for Lewy was really good," praised Julian Nagelsmann following Tuesday night's 5-2 win over Benfica. With two goal involvements, Sané played a significant role in securing Bayern's early progression to the round of 16. "He was unbelievably good. He's playing unbelievably well, is extremely dangerous in front of goal and had his busiest game today," continued the FCB coach.
The Germany international "always wanted the ball during the game", added the 34-year-old, pointing to the example of Robert Lewandowski's goal in the 61st minute that made it 4-1, when Sané "picked the ball up himself on the counter and took out three people on the edge of the penalty area", described Nagelsmann. That came 12 minutes after the 25-year-old had put the hosts 3-1 up with a fine first-time volley.
It wasn't just going forward that Sané impressed his coach, though. Nagelsmann also highlighted how the winger "defended a counter over 70 metres with Phonzie", adding: "Those are moments when the crowd quite rightly cheer him. It gives everyone a lift when the people are shouting for you." And Nagelsmann is sure that he'll see more of the same from Sané in the future. "He's found a switch there."
Only one man outshone Sané last night: Hat-trick hero Robert Lewandowski: