It’s an open secret that Marcel Sabitzer hasn’t had an easy time at Bayern Munich in the past.
The Austrian’s debut season with the German record champions was disappointing, both the player and the club had hoped for more from the move.
When Leon Goretzka was out for around three months at the beginning of the year, Bayern coach Julian Nagelsmann preferred to partner with Joshua Kimmich on Corentin Tolisso or Jamal Musiala instead of Sabitzer.
Is Sabitzer’s unfortunate past a thing of the past?
Even though the 28-year-old made 31 competitive appearances for FC Bayern last season, it’s mostly only enough for short appearances – in addition, just one goal and one assist for the central midfielder also speak for themselves. (NEWS: All current information about the Bundesliga)
The unfortunate past of the Austrian international at FC Bayern now seems to be over. In the last few weeks, the ex-Leipzig player has come up trumps at FCB and is finally proving why the record champions decided to sign in August 2021.
The Austrian champions of 2014/15 know how to impress, especially with clever passes and an intensive tackle. Nagelsmann even described Sabitzer as “one of the winners of the preparation”. (OVERVIEW: The fixed transfers of all Bundesliga clubs)
Kimmich and Nagelsmann full of praise
“He did well today, hard-working defensively, but also good with the ball. He trained very well in preparation. He’s a very good player, I know that, otherwise I wouldn’t have taken him with me.” Nagelsmann enthused about Sabitzer after the Supercup victory against Leipzig, who played the full 90 minutes and once again delivered a very decent game.
Bayern star Joshua Kimmich is also full of praise for his midfield colleague.
“Last season was very unfortunate for him. But he’s developed really well, he’s always one of the best in training. He gives us a lot, especially in Leon’s absence. I like playing with him,” explained Kimmich after the Supercup victory SPORT1-Demand.
Sabitzer is “intelligent, physical and dangerous in front of goal” and almost never has days when he drops off badly.
Sabitzer’s increase in performance takes the pressure off Bayern
It is precisely these characteristics that could contribute to Sabitzer initially being given preference in the sixth position at FC Bayern.
Although the record champions have been dating Konrad Laimer from RB Leipzig for weeks, the Saxons now want to let the Austrian go unharmed, and this is also apparently open to staying.
In addition, from the point of view of those responsible for Bayern, there are also significant aspects against a Laimer obligation – after all, Sabitzer’s compatriot would be free in a year.
But Sabitzer himself provides the argument at the same time: With the Austrians regaining their strength, the record champions no longer need to kick another defensive midfielder. (DATA: Bundesliga results and schedule)