The Bayern Munich winger missed the tournament in Russia three years ago, but he is expected to play a key role for his country at Euro 2020
Lothar Matthaus is hopeful Leroy Sane learned the lesson of missing the World Cup three years ago, after pointing out defensive shortcomings in his game in Germany’s recent friendly against Denmark.
Bayern Munich winger Sane was a notable omission from the German squad for the 2018 tournament in Russia, although he got a recall soon after the tournament and is part of their squad for the upcoming Championship. ‘Europe.
Former German captain Matthaus is a big admirer of the former Manchester City player’s talents, but wonders if he has the positional discipline to be reliable at the international level.
What did Matthaus say about Sane?
Sane played 86 minutes in a 1-1 draw against Denmark last week, before finding the scoresheet as a second-half substitute in Latvia’s 7-1 loss on Monday.
Reflecting on his performance in the game against Denmark, Matthaus said there are aspects of Sane’s game that need to be improved – but he also said the 25-year-old has the potential to be a game-changer.
“As long as a player makes a difference, the team accepts their defensive weakness,” he said. Goal and SPOX. “Leroy Sane is a player who I consider fundamentally to be a great footballer with a lot of potential, but he has had situations against Denmark in which he has not returned or has passed away.
“You can forgive that against Denmark, but if a player has that character, he could do it in the final and no one will forgive him anymore.
“I love Sane on the pitch, but there’s a discipline or two he still needs to learn. In fact, he should have learned his lesson after Jogi Low didn’t take him with him in 2018.”
Matthaus warns Germany’s rivals
While a nation like Germany can never be considered an underdog, many believe the triple winners are a team in transition and will struggle to make an impact in the later stages of the tournament.
Their cause was not helped by being placed in a difficult group alongside Portugal, winner of Euro 2016, and world champion France.
Matthaus concedes his country faces a tough challenge, but has a warning for those writing Germany’s chances before a ball is kicked.
“We must not make ourselves smaller than we are,” he said. “I rate the Portuguese better than when they won the title five years ago, and many players have important roles at the big clubs. France is full of world-class players.
“These three teams are close favorites, but we don’t have to hide behind France either. We have a lot of players who have won the Champions League in the last ten months and players who have won a lot of domestic titles.