Bayern Munich manager Julian Nagelsmann has backed new signing Sadio Mane to find his feet at the club after a slow start to the season.

It hasn’t been a terrible first month or so in Germany for Mane with the Senegal international getting five goals in 10 games.

However, the former Liverpool man hasn’t found the back of the net in four matches now and was subbed off against Barcelona after failing to have a single shot.

His manager has defended him though, putting his struggles down to the fact that he was playing on the left wing rather than as a striker for the first time in a while.

“Everything I need to say about Sadio, I’ll say to him and not in the media,” he said after the match against Barcelona, which ended 2-0 to the German side. “He played a new position today, which of course he didn’t play so much last year at Liverpool, but the years before that.

“It’s quite normal as a newcomer who of course still has to adapt to certain procedures that are a bit different to those at Liverpool.

“I already said during the week that I would like him to do certain things more. Maybe less looking for the ball or team-mates and trying to be a bit more self-confident.

“But we are very happy that we have him and he will put his stamp on our game.”


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