London (dpa) – Long after the dread, Leroy Sané started talking without saying anything and limped slightly with a right knee bandage on the bus to the Manchester City team.
Already at the awards ceremony, after the victory of the English football champion and the winner of the Cup against Liverpool in the FC Bayern Munich Supercup, the wanted national player was back in the heat of the action at Wembley Stadium in London.
"The first impression was not good, but I think it's not bad," said city coach Pep Guardiola on Sunday after a 5-4 win (1-1, 1-0) on penalties for his team against the champions. winner of the League. He does not know the exact extent of the injury, he added. "I'll wait to see what the doctors say," Guardiola said, "but I think he's fine."
The game had seemed much more dramatic. Even Liverpool coach Jürgen Klopp was one of the first to ask questions about Sanes' health when the Man City striker left the field after 12 minutes of play.
The 23-year-old was initially injured by the fear of City's triumph, the Supercup. The young star had dueled Liverpool defender Trent Alexander-Arnold. He gripped his knee with a sore face. After several minutes of treatment, he left the course with the team's doctors.
The subject of the conversation was also discussed in Dortmund 2: 0 against Bayern during the German Supercup on the eve of Sané. However, Munich sports director Hasan Salihamidžić said as little as possible about the latest rumors about a supposed imminent change.
Despite current rumors about exchanges that would have cost more than 100 million euros, Guardiola sits on Sané Sunday as a left wing in the starting lineup – resulting in images dramatic. From the German point of view, the result is minor. The 78,000 spectators at Wembley Stadium attended a very entertaining match between the top two teams.
Sané had barely changed when Raheem Sterling (12th minute) scored Man City's free kick in the game known as Community Shield. The compensation for the Reds got the head of the former Schalke Joel Matip (77). On penalties, Manchester goalkeeper Claudio Bravo shot for Georginio Wijnaldum. The decisive penalty for the title holder, City, turned the ball for Sané Gabriel Jesus.
Former Bayern coach Guardiola commented on the saga of Sané's summer transfers during the press conference leading up to Friday's match. "No one said that he wanted to go there," said the Spaniard. "He is our player and we want him to stay." Several media recently announced that Sané was ready to change the German record champion. An alleged deal with the player had denied FC Bayern but immediately. Sané still has a contract with Manchester until 2021. In case of transfer, he would be by far the most expensive player in the Bundesliga.