Sadio Mane can find his best form at Bayern Munich insists new boss Thomas Tuchel who claims the former Liverpool star needs ‘trust and patience’ after failing to shine at the Allianz Arena following summer move
- Sadio Mane has struggled to produce his best form at Bayern Munich this season
- The forward had fallen out of favour under former manager Julian Nagelsmann
- But now new boss Thomas Tuchel is looking to get the most out of the forward
Thomas Tuchel is confident that Sadio Mane can still produce his best form at Bayern Munich despite a largely poor first season at the club.
Off the back of a stunning year with Liverpool the Senegal international arrived at the Allianz Arena to much fanfare in the hope of leading their attack heading into this season and beyond.
But with just 11 goals in 29 games across all competitions, his output has not met high expectations and he has fallen down the pecking order at the club.
An injury suffered before the World Cup in November did little to help his cause but since returning to action in February he has made one assist in his five games.
On Saturday he made a 21-minute cameo from off the bench as Bayern Munich defeated Borussia Dortmund 4-2 in Thomas Tuchel’s first match in charge.
Sadio Mane has struggled at Bayern Munich but Thomas Tuchel insists his best is yet to come
Tuchel threw Mane on during his first match in charge on Saturday against Borussia Dortmund
The former Chelsea boss though insists the ex-Reds hitman is still part of his plans at the Bundlesliga giants, describing his talent as ‘beyond doubt’.
‘I know him well from England. There’s no question that Sadio is an absolutely top player,’ Tuchel said.
‘He scored 20, 30 goals every year for Liverpool and was an absolute key player there. His quality is beyond any doubt.
‘Even at his age, it always takes time to acclimate after a change of clubs. That can take time. There’s no doubt about his quality and what it can bring us.
‘It’s about trust and patience so he can get back into the rhythm. A goal usually helps the confidence.’
Mane had lost his place under previous boss Julian Nagelsmann who was recently sacked having lost support from within the club after a 2-1 defeat at Bayer Leverkusen.
Mane eventually dropped out of the first team under Julian Nagelsmann this season
Nagelsmann was sacked by Bayern shortly after a bust up with Mane in the dressing room
That match came shortly after a massive fallout was reported by German media of Mane having a falling out with Nagelsmann that left the former Munich boss intimidated.
The argument came after Bayern’s 2-0 win over PSG in the second leg of their Champions League last-16 tie on March 8.
They claim Mane was enraged at only being given eight minutes off the bench and angrily confronted Nagelsmann in front of shocked team-mates, who noted that the 35-year-old boss appeared intimidated.
Nagelsmann had waited until the 82nd minute of the game to bring on Mane, with the Germans progressing comfortably, 3-0 on aggregate.
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