By Oliver Trust
BERLIN, Oct. 21 (Xinhua) -- Leroy Sane's freekick goal might have been one of the finest pieces of art football can deliver. A genius left-footed kick opened the doors for Bayern Munich to continue their wave-riding journey in the Champions League.
The German international's contributions not only turned into the igniting spark for the 2020 treble winner, triggering the Bavarians' 4-0 victory, but gave evidence of the 25-year-old's solid upswing.
So far, fans know about the influence of newly-promoted Bayern coach Julian Nagelsmann on Sane's performance explosion. The 35-year-old shifted the winger's place of work more to the middle allowing him to invade new spaces.
Flourishing on his new position, Sane turned from a doubtful case into one of Bayern's most valuable players carrying the dynamic attacking game.
Around the trip to Portugal, Sane revealed, he has gained a new perspective on football some years before when still in the shirt of Manchester City.
Former Bayern coach and current Manchester City coach Pep Guardiola has opened the doors to a new world for the striker.
Now, all loose parts provided by his coaches seem to fit together, lifting him to a new performance level.
"I was highly influenced by this intense time and am still benefitting from it," the Bayern forward admitted.
Playing for the Sky-blues from 2016 to 2020, it was the Spaniard who somehow rebooted him.
Guardiola "reprogrammed" him tactic wise, Sane said. "It was about smallest details, about every move, every tiny space should be used."
The 50-year-old's measures entirely changed his game, he added. Sane scored 39 goals and delivered 45 assists for City. In his final year, he lost his place as a regular.
An injury caused a bumpy start in Munich after he joined the German club for 45 million euros.
The forward seemed to have lost fans' trust but has now conquered their hearts in a newly designed robe.
In Lisbon, he became the man of the match scoring his second and third Champions League goals this season.
"We didn't perform badly, but in the end couldn't get hold of Bayern's variable game. Muller is everywhere, Sane moves to the middle, invading secret spaces. He is in very good shape," former Dortmund midfielder and current Benfica player Julian Weigl said.
Sane admitted that he learned to deal with high expectations and critics better. "I don't make up my mind that much anymore. I concentrate on my game. My primary intention is to help the team and support our game," he stated.
Aside from Guardiola and Nagelsmann, German national coach Hansi Flick is responsible for the upswing. Nagelsmann and Flick set up a strategy to revitalize the striker's confidence.
As a result, fans currently might witness the best of Sane.
The attacker claims, things get easier in a top-class team like Bayern. In his case, it seems, some more pushes helped to kick the can down the road.