Doubts about their mentality: The crisis of Larifari-Bayern Gnabry and Sané

The two internationals Leroy Sané and Serge Gnabry are currently out of action at Bayern Munich.

Doubts about their mentality: The crisis of Larifari-Bayern Gnabry and Sané

The two internationals Leroy Sané and Serge Gnabry are currently out of action at Bayern Munich. In the Champions League cracker against Paris St. Germain, the gifted are threatened with bankruptcy. Trainer Julian Nagelsmann gives a clear signal for the wingers.

Germany's top TV judge knew no mercy. Leroy Sané and Serge Gnabry "I accuse," said Sky expert Lothar Matthäus severely, "that they didn't hit themselves 100 percent to prove their claim. Instead of giving everything, they just kind of played along. "It wasn't ten minutes, they had more than half an hour for it." Larifari instead of performance - and that before the most important game of the year for Bayern Munich. The appearance of the two national players at the dress rehearsal in Stuttgart (2: 1) was anything but one Letter of application for the second leg in the Champions League against Paris St. Germain on Wednesday (9 p.m. on DAZN and in the live ticker on

Meanwhile, TV expert Dietmar Hamann even warned on "Sky" that the duo could become a problem for Munich. "If you bring players in and they just stand there for 30 minutes, the others talk about it and then you have players, when the board goes up and they see that one of the two comes in, that can put a team in a bad mood," explained Hamann. Stefan Effenberg took a similar stance on "Sport1". The former FC Bayern professional raised the barely noticeable will to recommend himself with a convincing performance for the upcoming tasks, even to the "question of character".

The long-injured star player Sadio Mané, who came on with the duo in the 63rd minute, had "one or the other good action", added Matthäus in the "Bild" newspaper. But the other gifted people? Little to nothing - Sane and Gnabry have been out of shape for weeks and are making headlines with their behavior off the pitch rather than on the pitch. Nagelsmann had tried to keep the excitement about Sané and Gnabry small. The topic was "boiled too hot in the media," he said after the narrow win against Stuttgart. That is "normal when two such top players are not used."

Things went well for Sané for a long time this season. He had ten goals and five assists in his first 16 games. Then a torn muscle fiber threw him off track, he was also injured (knee) at the World Championships and could no longer reach his top level. In the ten competitive games since the beginning of the year, he has two goals and zero assists. Gnabry had a lot of tailwind after his contract extension in mid-July and started with eleven goals and eleven assists in 22 games. In Qatar he played left and right and looked for his role, since the turn of the year he has managed just one goal and one assist. According to the “kicker”, Gnabry is “totally dissatisfied with himself” and currently cannot find an explanation for his low form.

Thomas Müller, Jamal Musiala, Kingsley Coman and Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting are on the offensive - the joker role remains for Sané and Gnabry. "Unfortunately, or thank God, that's the way it is in a balanced squad," said Nagelsmann in Stuttgart, "that you have to accept the competition even as a top player." A clear sign to the reservists to step on the gas and impose themselves. It is all the more annoying for the coach when the problem children attract attention elsewhere. Like "Gucci-Gnabry" during his controversial short trip to Fashion Week. Or like Sané, who missed the bus departure before the league game in Gladbach (2: 3). That was just bad timing: Shortly before, the professionals had been presented with a new catalog of penalties for such lack of discipline.

"Of course there are also things that don't work," said sporting director Hasan Salihamidžićc, emphasizing: "Sometimes it costs a few euros." In principle, the club has such issues "under control". What you can't say about the form of Sané and Gnabry.