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Bayern's Nagelsmann is not concerned by Sadio Mane’s goal-drought

Fri 16 September 2022 | 13:49

Arriving from Liverpool as Robert Lewandowski’s replacement for a reported €32.00m fee, the Senegalese winger has faced criticism for his early display for his new side. However, Bayern coach insists Mane has his "full backing".

After scoring three goals in his first three Bundesliga games,

Sadio Mane

has failed to register a goal in

Bayern Munich

's next three league games as he faced a lot of criticism lately for his goal drought. The former

Liverpool

player also had a disappointing game in the Bavarians

Champions League

victory over Barcelona last week as he failed to attempt a shot or create a chance.

However, ahead of their Saturday game against

Augsburg

,

Julian Nagelsmann

insists he is not concerned by Mane's drought as the

Senegalese

has his manager’s full support. Nagelsmann told his press conference on Friday: "It's quite normal that you are dissatisfied at first when things are not going well.

"He does a lot of self-reflection and knows when he's played well and when he's maybe not played so well. He will produce his best again. He has my full backing and will score and assist plenty more goals for us."

 

Gaining just one start in the DFB-Pokal since his summer move from

Ajax

,

Ryan Gravenbarch

also is struggling in his new club. The German coach urges the 20-year-old to improve in order to gain more game time, bringing Leon Goretzka and

Josh Kimmich

as examples.

"

He has played too few games for his abilities, which is also due to the competition,"

Nagelsmann said.

"First of all, you need a basic structure, which we had with Sabi [Marcel Sabitzer] and Josh [Kimmich].

"Now Leon [Goretzka] is back, who did very well against Barca. He has a lot of competition. He can also play further forward, but the competition is not small. He is a young player who needs acclimatization time.

"He is incredibly talented. Defensively, he still has to take a few steps. That's why he plays a bit less. We need a good balance in the position. He knows that defensively he still has to work a bit harder.

"Sometimes he struggles a bit too much for me with mistakes. That's why he always has a second of thought in counter-pressing, where he is annoyed that the ball is gone. But he has already developed. I'm sure he'll play a lot with us."

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