Renato Sanches’ fine display in Bayern Munich’s 3-1 comeback victory over Paris Saint-Germain yesterday in Klagenfurt was really encouraging following a demoralizing loan spell in Swansea.
In the pre-season friendly against PSG, Renato Sanches reminded everyone why Bayern Munich paid €35 million to buy him from Benfica back in 2016. Niko Kovac put the 20-year-old Portuguese in charge of set pieces and he made the most of it by scoring a stunning free-kick goal, Bayern’s second of the contest. Overall, Sanches was very active all over the pitch and seems to be working his way back from a terrible year on loan at Swansea.
“I know him and I know what he’s capable of,”
“It’s not easy for young players from abroad – you have to take that into consideration. He certainly hasn’t forgotten how to play football. He’s not a difficult lad, but he needs affection and support from all sides. Footballers need recognition and to be given confidence just like the rest of us.” – Niko Kovac
Renato Sanches earned his rich transfer following his performances in UEFA Euro 2016 in France, where he was named Best Young Player of the tournament. However, he had a hard time adjusting to life in Germany, seeing very little playing time under Carlo Ancelotti. Last season, he was loaned out to Swansea, where injuries and poor form followed him throughout a forgettable campaign.
Now, he’s looking to make amends (Bundesliga).
“He’s been going full throttle these last three weeks,” – Niko Kovac
“He’s working really very hard. You can see he has a lot to give and he’s focused. He showed that in the game. He can be an important player for us.” – David Alaba