A physical altercation between Sadio Mane and Leroy Sane occurred during a Bayern Munich match, resulting in Mane being fined and suspended by the club
Thomas Tuchel wanted to put an end to the altercation between Sadio Mane and Leroy Sane, which reportedly involved Mane punching his Bayern Munich teammate. The incident occurred during Bayern’s 3-0 loss to Manchester City in the first leg of their Champions League quarterfinal match, with the two players seen arguing on the pitch.
On Thursday, Bayern Munich revealed that Sadio Mane was fined and would be suspended from playing in their upcoming Bundesliga match at home against Hoffenheim.
“Yes just the one match, and the fine. These are the consequences of his behavior,” Bayern head coach Tuchel confirmed at a press conference on Friday.
He added: “I didn’t see it myself because I was in the coaching room. Of course, I immediately spoke to everyone involved, the players and the staff.
“It was important that we clarified the matter before we started the next training session. We did that yesterday. We have cleared up everything so that we can train positively with each other again.
“The way both players involved dealt with it, and the way the other players dealt with it, it had a cleansing effect. We had a positive atmosphere yesterday and today.”
Tuchel refuses to comment on Osimhen rumors
Tuchel stated that he considers the incident between Mane and Sane as closed, and showed his support for Mane by stating that he believes it was unlike him to behave that way, as he views Mane as a very professional player.
“I’m the first one to defend him. I’ve known him for a very long time and only know him as an absolute professional… He has never been guilty of anything [like this before].
“It was against the club’s code of conduct, and he recognized it and apologized.”
Since joining Bayern Munich from Liverpool last year, Sadio Mane has not only faced issues off the pitch but also struggled to replicate his form from his time at Anfield, leading many to question his ability to perform at the same level.
“Maybe he needs not to think too much,” Tuchel suggested. “He hesitates and takes long to react. That’s why it seems he can be half a step too late. We want to get him to where he was [at Liverpool] through trust and appreciation. He was an absolute top striker in the best league in the world.”
There have been rumors linking Bayern with a high-value transfer for a striker in the upcoming transfer window. One of the top names being talked about is Victor Osimhen from Napoli.
Tuchel was asked about the Nigerian, but kept his cards close to his chest, replying: “I have an opinion on that, but I know how things work.
“If I say something about it and it spills over to Italy. Then my colleague there will say: ‘Why doesn’t Thomas keep his mouth shut?’ I’m not going to talk about players of other clubs.”