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Bundesliga: Leverkusen game as a danger: Nagelsmann has confidence

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Just don’t get a yellow card. Three Bayern stars will probably pay particular attention to this in the duel in Leverkusen. The next comeback is approaching for Sadio Mané.

With this danger for three of his stars, Julian Nagelsmann does not have the Bundesliga classic against Borussia Dortmund in mind, at least at the beginning of the game.

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Leon Goretzka, Matthijs de Ligt and Leroy Sané would have to watch another warning in the evening (5:30 p.m. / DAZN) against Bayer Leverkusen on April 1 in the top game against BVB. All three football professionals have seen four yellow cards so far this season.

“It’s about beating Leverkusen. We can’t lean back. I’ll bring the players in the best form, regardless of who is threatened with a yellow card suspension or not,” announced Nagelsmann. You have to focus on the topicality and day-to-day business, after that you can think about BVB. In between there is the international break.

“Of course you would like to have the maximum number of staff with you against Dortmund,” said the Munich coach. However, one cannot always prevent a yellow card. “But my players are intelligent enough,” said Nagelsmann. Depending on the score, he is considering early substitutions. “If the situation allows it in the end, you can react to it. But not right from the start.”

Mané can hope for a comeback

Munich will have to do without Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting in Leverkusen due to back problems. Nagelsmann hopes the 33-year-old striker can train again during the international break and then play against Dortmund. Against Bayer, the Senegalese Sadio Mané is again a candidate for a place in the top attack.

Africa’s footballer of the year wants to get a good feeling for his international comeback. The 30-year-old was called up by national coach Aliou Cissé for the international matches against Mozambique just in time for the weekend. Senegal wants to take another step towards the Africa Cup of Nations 2024. There Mané & Co. start as defending champions.

The summer addition from Liverpool FC, which cost around 30 million euros, injured his fibula head shortly before the World Cup. He had to have an operation and missed the tournament in Qatar. Without their best player, the Senegal side reached the round of 16 but were eliminated by England.

Source: Stern

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