Sane praises Munich leadership, wants to win Champions League

Sane praises Munich leadership, wants to win Champions League

Germany winger Leroy Sane wants to win the Champions League for the first time and has attributed his strong showings over the past months to the full support from Bayern Munich’s leadership.

Sane, 25, arrived in Munich in 2020 from Manchester City, after Bayern had won the continental elite event a sixth time.

He told Sunday paper Bild am Sonntag that a first personal Champions League title is among his top goals, and said that Bayern are well-positioned to aim for the trophy.

“At the moment I see us as the strongest team in Europe, together with Manchester City, Liverpool and Chelsea,” Sane said.

Coming off a severe knee injury, Sane had a difficult start in Munich last season.

Things seemed to get worse when he was jeered by some fans in August during a Bundesliga game against Cologne but Bayern officials strongly condemned that behaviour and Sane has raised his game considerably since then.

“The whole club leadership, but also [former president] Uli Hoeness, contacted me and signalled their full support. So much encouragement is not a given at every club,” he said.

Sane said there were also other reasons for his improvement after being “not satisfied” with his first season in Munich, and he recalled that his start at City was also not perfect.

The winger said he has worked hard to turn matters around and also praised new Bayern coach Julian Nagelsmann.

“He shows me all the time how I can be even more effective in his match system and how we can improve together as a team,” Sane said.