Bayern Munich defender Niklas Sule has explained why he chopped down team-mate Serge Gnabry during the celebrations of their 7-2 Champions League win over Tottenham Hotspur.
Former Arsenal winger Gnabry bagged four goals against his former north London rivals as Niko Kovac’s side ran riot in what was a huge statement win.
Why did Sule hack down Gnabry? Five things to know…
- Bayern inflicted Spurs’ biggest-ever European Cup defeat on Tuesday.
- Gnabry bagged four goals during the 7-2 rout in north London.
- During the celebrations, Sule could be seen swiping Gnabry’s legs from underneath him.
- Javi Martinez also kicked Gnabry’s match ball into the crowd.
- Rather than an act of aggression, Sule says it was simply payback for Gnabry hitting him on the forehead.
The Bayern players went over to celebrate with their fans after the final whistle but amid the chaos, Sule could be seen sliding in on Gnabry and swiping his legs from underneath him, while Javi Martinez also kicked the forward’s match ball into the crowd.
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But Sule has been quick to insist this was not an act of aggression, rather explaining it was simply payback for Gnabry hitting him on the forehead.
“Serge Gnabry is a good friend of mine,” the centre-back said. “I’m so pleased for him – tonight belonged to him, which is why I took him out after the game.
“He hit me on the forehead beforehand, so I had to get him back.”
Bayern now top Group B after taking six points from two games, with Spurs left joint-bottom with just one point so far.
The Bundesliga champions face Hoffenheim on Saturday, while Spurs will look to recover when they travel to Brighton that same afternoon.