Alexander Baumjohann has denounced the handling of the national player Leroy Sane from FC Bayern, who has been criticized for months. The 34-year-old recognizes similarities to Mesut Özil.
“Leroy is hit from all sides because things are not going so well for him. But he was praised for a long time and it was said that he was the new Arjen Robben,” said Baumjohann im Sport1-Podcast “My Bavaria Week”.
With younger players like the 25-year-old you have to be patient, said the former Bayern professional, who was most recently under contract with Sydney FC in Australia. Julian Nagelsmann is the perfect coach for this.
“He had the body language that Leroy now has when it was running. Only nobody looked at it. Mesut Özil is a similar guy. With him it often looks as if he seems listless or lethargic on the pitch “, says Baumjohann.
Sane is also a polarizing player off the pitch. Nevertheless, the offensive player, who moved from Manchester City to Munich in 2020, is still a man of world-class stature.
“Everyone knows that and you have already seen that at Bayern. Otherwise they would not have bought him for so much money and otherwise he would not have played under Pep Guardiola,” said the professional who is currently without a club.
Baumjohann: “In Germany you have to stay calm”
“Above all in Germany you have to stay calmer. Killing German national players like that in your own country is not the right way. That’s why I would like to see a little more support from the media for such players. Because it doesn’t do any player anything if they do he loses even more confidence, “explained Baumjohann.
Baumjohann moved from Borussia Mönchengladbach to FC Bayern in 2009. After only a year he moved on to FC Schalke 04. Via Kaiserslautern and Hertha, North Rhine-Westphalia went on to Brazil and then Australia, where he currently lives.