‘Who the hell is Sadio Mane?’


Sadio Mane hasn’t even kicked the ball for Bayern Munich in the Bundesliga yet, and he’s already facing ironic banter from the club’s opening matchday opponents.

It’s clear that Eintracht Frankfurt chairman Peter Fischer is relishing the opportunity to face the Bavarian giants on Friday in Germany’s first top-flight game of the new campaign.

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Eintracht president has said a few words about Bayern’s new signing Mane

Frankfurt won the Europa League last season beating Rangers in the final and will face Real Madrid next Wednesday in the UEFA Super Cup.

There seems to be a feel-good factor around the club of Fischer, who finished 11th last season domestically.

Bayern lost Robert Lewandowski to Barcelona, ​​who scored 60 goals last season, and very few expect new signing Mane, who joined Liverpool, to reach such a tally.

Nevertheless, it still might not be a good idea to launch light digs at Bayern on the eve of the Bundesliga opener.

Fischer did just that, however, in an interview with broadcasters RTL and n-tv he said, with a cheeky wink: “Who the hell is Mane?”

Before the president then adds: “By the way, we’ve always done relatively well with [against] Robert Lewandowski.”


Fischer clearly looking forward to Eintracht clash against Bayern

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Fischer clearly looking forward to Eintracht clash against Bayern

His final statement is questionable, given that the prolific Polish striker scored 15 goals in 18 appearances against Eintracht, before his transfer to Catalonia.

Fischer went on to say that there will be “an exciting atmosphere in the stadium”.

“Of course we have a chance – if it ends in a draw, I won’t start crying either,” added the 66-year-old.

Eintracht manager Oliver Glasner, who worked with Mane at Salzburg in 2012, said he had always been a huge fan of the 30-year-old, continuing to watch him closely when he played for Liverpool.

Glasner claimed he watched Mane closely over the years

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Glasner claimed he watched Mane closely over the years

“I’m happy that Sadio is in the Bundesliga now,” Glasner said in his pre-match press conference.

“I haven’t known him for ten years. He was just a young boy who was relegated from the French second to third division. He spoke only French but had enormous talent.

“He was very ambitious and had a clear idea. When we talked about learning German, he said he wanted to learn English because he wanted to go to the Premier League.

“I’m very happy for him. And for Bayern to sign a player from Liverpool is proof of the attractiveness of the Bundesliga that they were afraid of losing.”

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