Borussia Dortmund coach Lucien Favre has confirmed injury played no part in his decision to substitute Jadon Sancho after 36 minutes against Bayern Munich.
The England international was taken off nine minutes before half-time as Bayern thrashed their rivals 4-0 at the Allianz Arena.
Sancho’s early exit: Five things to know…
- Sancho started the game but was doubtful in the build-up due to a hamstring issue.
- The winger struggled to perform as the Bavarians dominated the match.
- Sancho was substituted after 36 minutes, with the score 1-0 to Munich.
- Bayern would go on to win the game 4-0.
- Dortmund coach Favre has confirmed Sancho was not injured.
Prior to the game, it was thought that the England winger was struggling with a hamstring injury but he was confirmed in the starting line up as Dortmund hoped to remain above their rivals in the table.
It became apparent early on that Bayern were on top and the home side took the lead thanks to a Robert Lewandowski strike in the 17th minute.
With no signs of improvement, Favre decided to take Sancho off with the 19-year-old failing to have an impact on the game. He was replaced by Raphael Guerreiro and didn’t appear to be injured, a fact that his coach later confirmed.
“He was not injured, he trained yesterday. I had to go on what I was seeing and, to be honest, it was not good enough,” Favre said.
Things did not improve following the substitution and Bayern would end up thrashing their rivals 4-0 to overtake them in the Bundesliga table and move within four points of leaders Borussia Monchengladbach.
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Hansi Flick’s mini-revival
Interim Bayern coach Hansi Flick is to remain in charge of the club following their 4-0 thrashing of rivals Dortmund. Victories over Olympiacos and Favre’s side have helped his cause following the 5-1 humiliation by Frankfurt just one week ago – a result which led to the departure of Niko Kovac
“Hansi Flick will remain our coach for the foreseeable future,” Bayern CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge said.
“[Flick] said before the game, the two games are the finish line. He crossed the finish line today, I would say, with flying colours. And now we will calmly continue with him.”
Bayern are on the road after the international break when they face Fortuna Dusseldorf, looking to secure back-to-back league wins for the first time since September.