Sadio Mane ‘punched’ teammate in the face after Man City defeat in dressing room fight

Will Ford
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Bayern Munich forwards Sadio Mane and Leroy Sane reportedly fought in the dressing room following their Champions League quarter-final defeat at Manchester City on Tuesday night.

The pair appeared to argue during the closing stages of their 3-0 loss, which leaves Thomas Tuchel’s men with a mountain to climb in the second leg in Germany next week.

Bild said Senegal international Mane, a two-time African footballer of the year, wasn’t happy with the way Sane had spoken to him during the game and confronted the former City winger after the game.

Bild claim the apparent tension between the pair escalated in the dressing room, leading to Mane to punch Sane in the mouth, resulting in a split lip.

The reports suggest that Sane continued his journey on the team bus upon their arrival back in Munich, while Mane departed separately.

Mane, who has struggled to impose himself at Bayern since his arrival from Liverpool last summer, was ineffective after coming off the bench to replace Jamal Musiala in the 69th minute.

Sane had started the match against his former club, whom he left in 2020 to link up with the German giants.

The pair’s argument supposedly started after Mane made a run in behind instead of offering to come short, which prompted the pumped-up former City star to make his feelings known. A loud discussion is claimed to have followed in the dressing room after the game.

Bayern stars then reportedly separated the two team-mates after Mane lashed out, which allegedly left a mark on Sane’s face. Bayern are yet to comment on the altercation.

After the game, former Chelsea boss Tuchel, who was taking charge of just his third game at Bayern, claimed the scoreline flattered their opponents.

“This does not feel like a 3-0 but it is a 3-0 and it is a huge, huge task now to turn this around. We are realistic but we will not give up,” he said after the final whistle. “It will not be over until we are in the shower.

“The reaction was great during the first half. In the second half, it was even better. In the period where the goal could give us a huge boost of confidence, the opposite happened.”

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