Sadio Mane is a “top player” who “you can only sit back and watch”, says Bayern Munich team-mate Alphonso Davies after Sunday’s 2-0 win over Wolfsburg.
The Senegal international, who arrived from Liverpool ahead of the start of the 2022-23 season, has made an instant impact at his new home, setting the Bundesliga alight with his performances.
A superb league debut in a 6-1 rout of Eintracht Frankfurt last week saw him get himself on the scoresheet, and only a VAR intervention stopped him from finding it again this weekend.
But even without another goal to his name, Mane – who fired the Reds to a domestic cup double last term and his country to Africa Cup of Nations glory, plus World Cup qualification – has left his team-mates impressed.
“Sadio Mane, you see this guy, he’s a top player,” Davies told the Bundesliga’s official website. “He’s hard-working, he’s fast, we try to get the ball to him as much as possible because he’s a very quick guy.
“He’s a good player. We’re happy to have him here. He feels good in the team and as you can see, the performances he’s [shown] lately, you can only just sit back and watch.”
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Dayot Upamecano also offered high praise for the forward, adding: “We know he’s a very big player, he’s helping us a lot. We’re all very happy he’s here.
“He gave me tips about a lot of things. He’s one of the best players in the world and everyone of us is happy that he’s here.”
With two wins from two to start the new season, Bayern are flying in defence of their Bundesliga crown, one they earned last year despite a string of so-so performances and a frustrating Champions League campaign.
But Davies feels they have turned a page this term for Julian Nagelsmann’s sophomore season, adding: “This year, we have a mindset that we want to keep.
“Last year wasn’t too ideal for us in [the] competitions but this year, we have some new faces [and] fresh legs. It’s the beginning of the season, you want to keep this momentum going. We’re just enjoying playing football.”
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