Did Sadio Mane’s ‘bust-up’ with Julian Nagelsmann cost him his job at Bayern Munich?
Julian Nagelsmann, the Bayern Munich coach, was sacked just a year-and-a-half into his five-year contract at the club. While some claim his league form was the reason behind his departure, others suggest that it was one of the many dressing room issues, including a clash with Sadio Mane, that caused his relationship with his players to take a hit.
Despite leading Bayern to win the Bundesliga and put on a solid show in the Champions League the previous year, Nagelsmann was let go after losing ten points to Borussia Dortmund in the title race. It has now been alleged that Mane’s attitude during their Champions League tie against Paris Saint-Germain was the final straw that broke the camel’s back.
According to BILD, the Senegalese forward grew unhappy with Nagelsmann after being given only eight minutes of playtime in the game against PSG. While Bayern went on to comfortably win the game, Mane “complained heavily” in front of his teammates, much to Nagelsmann’s surprise. This sudden confrontation allegedly caused disagreements in the dressing room, leading to a damaged relationship between Nagelsmann and his players, with Mane at the center of it all.
Nagelsmann was replaced by Thomas Tuchel, but the question remains: would the outcome have been different had Mane’s reaction not affected their relationship? Only time will tell.
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