Already a goalscorer in the German Super Cup against Leipzig (5-3), Sadio Mané also scored with Bayern on Friday 5 August against Frankfurt on the first day of the Bundesliga (6-1). The Senegalese celebrated in the company of the already conquered supporters. In Bayern, the African champion already agrees.
These are what we call booming debuts. Signed by Bayern Munich mid-June, Sadio Mané was quick to find his feet in the Bavarian squad. At the peak of his fitness during the pre-season, where he scored once in a friendly against DC United, the striker demonstrated on the pitch that he has what it takes to be a vital cog in the Munich machine. On 30 July he took part in the attack festival against Bayern, won 5-3 in Leipzig during the German Supercup, with a goal scored.
Rebelote on Friday August 5 during the first day of the 2022-2023 season of the German championship this time. On the road against Eintracht Frankfurt, the defending champions were much more ruthless this time, winning 6-1. At the break they were already 5-0 up, Sadio Mané scoring the third with a well-placed header half an hour into the match.
“All the players love him” The Mané show continued throughout the 90 minutes of play, with several dangerous tackles and a shot on the crossbar, and again after the final whistle. As the Bavarians made their way to the visitors’ stand where their supporters were celebrating, Bayern’s new number 17 joined the fans and communicated with them with megaphone in hand.
These pictures quickly went around the world. They reflect the immediate transplant of the reigning African champion with the German juggernaut. Julian Nagelsmann is delighted. Asked by the Bundesliga’s official website, the technician appreciated the community between Sadio Mane and Bayern fans. “We need this energy,” he said with a smile.
The Munich coach was very complimentary about the Senegalese lion: “Look at him celebrating the win with the fans, his style of play between the lines, his combinations with the other players in his attacking role… And he is a very polite guy. All players love that. He is important for us, and not just for his goals – although scoring is also important and we are very happy about that.”
After a promising start in France in Metz, the revelation in Austria at RB Salzburg, then the inauguration in England in Southampton and especially in Liverpool, Sadio Mané, 30, wants to conquer Germany. And the mission begins in the best way.