After Bayern Munich’s Champions League loss to Manchester City, Sadio Mane attacked Leroy Sane in the dressing room, drawing similarities with previous wingers Arjen Robben and Franck Ribery. Bayern Munich reached the final of the Champions League the last time two of their wingers got into a fist brawl. But they know it will take a miracle for it to happen again. Bayern Munich are in trouble following their 3-0 quarter-final defeat at Manchester City, which was exacerbated by a dressing-room altercation in which Sadio Mane punched teammate Leroy Sane in the mouth.
Revisiting a fight between Bayern Legends down memory lane
Former Liverpool star Sadio Mane received a suspension and suspended for assaulting the ex-City winger Sane. He now have to wait to see if coach Thomas Tuchel recalls him for the return leg in Munich on Wednesday night. However, the fight has brought up memories of a similar battle between Franck Ribery and Arjen Robben 11 years ago.
After a heated half-time argument about who should have taken a free kick in the Champions League semi-final against Real Madrid, the pair clashed in the dressing room. Robben was left with a black eye. However Bayern nevertheless won on penalties to reach finals. But ultimately lost the final on penalties to Chelsea in their own Allianz Arena.
Ribery’s assault cost him a £45,000 fine. After making apologies with Robben, the pair were key in Bayern winning a historic treble of the Bundesliga, Champions League and German Cup the following season. The club’s administration is now hopeful that the creative conflicts will have a good effect once more.
Oliver Kahn , Germany legend, encourages Tuchel
Within hours of their Etihad thrashing, chief executive Oliver Kahn attempted to encourage Tuchel and his players at a post-match banquet at Manchester’s Kimpton Clocktower Hotel. Kahn is under extremely worried after deciding to fire Julian Nagelsmann and replace him with Tuchel earlier this month. However, the 53-year-old icon was Bayern Munich’s goalkeeper for 14 years. During which time he won the Champions League, eight Bundesliga crowns, and 86 caps for Germany.
According to Kahn:-
“Tuchel’s team need to do everything they could do to be on the right side of a miracle this time”
“Anything is possible in football”
“I have experienced incredible things in the game myself.”
“There is no point in lamenting or seeing everything in a negative way. We have a duty to throw everything at City in the second leg. Bayern have to show the fans in Munich and all over the world that we will not give up.”
“We had our chances (in the first game). But at this level, against a team like City, you can’t afford to do anything wrong. Nothing. You can’t be late for anything against them, not even one-hundredth of a second. There can be no mistakes because they are punished mercilessly”, said Kahn.
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