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Who gave Musiala the nickname ‘Bambi’ with Germany? Gnabry explains defending Sane from critics


Highly regarded Bayern Munich striker receives high praise at Euro 2020, but another sees his worth questioned

Serge Gnabry sought to explain why Jamal Musiala is now known as “Bambi” in the German squad, with the Bayern Munich striker also seeking to defend his club colleague Leroy Sane from the criticisms leveled at him .

Joachim Low has put together a team for Euro 2020 that combines youth and experience, with no magic formula to be found to make this mixture work on a star-studded international stage.

Musiala has however grab attention by helping Die Mannschaft to a 2-2 draw with Hungary and a place in the last 16, with the 18-year-old Bayern starlet endearing herself to her impressed teammates and a demanding fan base.

What was said?

Speaking about Musiala’s qualities ahead of a meeting with England on Tuesday, Gnabry also explained why the nervous youngster took on a new nickname, telling reporters: “Leroy gave him the nickname Bambi. He’s a lovely little boy, pretty nice man.

“His qualities as a footballer are exceptional. As you have seen against Hungary, he can help the team enormously. I have complete confidence in him. His time will come, it is only a question of when.”

What about Sané?

Top 100 Euro 2020 Leroy Sané

While Musiala, who snubbed England by pledging international allegiance to Germany, attracts attention, Bayern teammate Sane saw his value questioned on the back of a forgettable performance against Hungary.

Gnabry remains convinced the 25-year-old winger will come along, saying: “With the skill and playing strength he has, he will always be successful.

“Things haven’t gone so well yet. But when he gets the chance, he has to take it.

“I don’t notice anything in his game. Against Hungary, he had a good game, worked defensively. He can rely on that.”

He added to the taunts directed at Sane in Munich: “We never need whistles. I don’t understand why people whistle.”

Is Muller ready?

Thomas Muller, Germany Euro 2020

Another member of Bayern’s strong German contingent is highly experienced striker Thomas Muller.

The World Cup winner was brought back from the international wilderness to feature in Euro 2020, but he has been treating a minor knee injury lately.

Asked if he would be ready for a crucial clash with former England opponents at Wembley, Muller said: “If I had had problems I wouldn’t have trained today.

“The injury doesn’t bother me. I have enough experience to deal with it. I’m confident it won’t be a problem for Tuesday.”

The 31-year-old went on to say of his search for a first goal in another major tournament: “I would love to score my first goal in the European Championship, but the important thing is that we progress.

“If my position is less onerous for the scorers then I can rest easy with that. I will do whatever it takes to win.”

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