That’s how important Wagner is for FC Bayern
Istanbul – Bavarian striker Sandro Wagner makes advertising in his own cause during a short match against Besiktas and is praised in the highest tones by the coach and fellow players afterwards.
After 68 minutes Robert Lewandowski left the court.
FC Bayern’s goalscorer had not been able to score anything against Besiktas Istanbul and had not scored a single chance.
Backing up Sandro Wagner came for him – and the new addition in the winter season lasted 22 minutes, which was enough to make advertising on his own behalf for a 3-1 win in the second leg of the Champions League’s last 16-finals.
Wagner’s goal to the final score, which made the international player rave.
“The gate means a lot to me. At 30, I’m already an old bag in football and now I’ve scored another goal in the Champions League,”said Wagner to SPORT1:
“It was a great evening and it fills me with pride, even if it is very, very late from old age. But that doesn’t matter, I have now met in almost all competitions.”
Almost seven and a half years ago, his last of three bets was in the royal class, it was on 24th. November 2010 at the 3-0 win of his former club Werder Bremen over Tottenham. At that time Louis van Gaal was still a coach for Bavaria.
Further stations followed in Kaiserslautern, Berlin, Darmstadt and Hoffenheim, before Wagner returned to his home club in the city of Munich during the winter break after ten years in exchange for a sum of 13 million euros.
After two and a half months, the returnee is fully integrated in the team:”I am very happy for him, he deserves it. We all know what we have about him,”said David Alaba.
“He’s always working at full throttle in the training sessions, really putting his heart into the games where he’s used, and doing everything he can to help the team.”
Jupp Heynckes gave a similarly positive assessment of his noble joker.
“Sandro Wagner has fitted in brilliantly”, explained the head coach at Sky:”He always trains top notch, he is very strong in fighting and running and has already scored a few goals for us. I’m happy for him that he’s now in the Champions League too.”
Wagner left an impression not only on Heyncke’s side, but also on the national coach who had travelled to Istanbul especially for the occasion. For Jogi Löw will most likely have to choose the World Cup between Wagner and his rival Mario Gomez.
“I’ve already said,” I’m on display. But I can’t always talk about the World Cup. This is an interesting subject, especially for the media, I understand that. We always make jokes about it in our team,”said Wagner to SPORT1.
“Bayern Munich pays me a princely salary, so I have to perform well and can’t think only of the national team. I have to focus on my daily work and step on it.”
The Confed Cup winner does this with great commitment and at the same time accepts his role as the clear number two behind Lewandowski. He was all the more delighted to be used in the witch’s cauldron of Istanbul.
“It was a brutal atmosphere. We also talked about it in the cabin: we have never before experienced such a mood in Europe. It was really fun, I also had goose bumps on the bench and was happy when I was allowed to go out on the field,”Wagner reported.
He did not have an opponent for the next round in the Champions League,”No, zero. I think there are only good opponents in the quarter-finals. But we are Bayern Munich. We already have the claim that we can make progress against any opponent if we have a good day,”he said.
“We can do great things this year, but we have to work hard for it every day. And then we’ll see what comes out. But I’ve seldom seen such an atmosphere like our team.”
But before he politely said goodbye to the journalists, Wagner was still very cheerful. Addressing the seriousness of the injury to the replaced Thiago, he replied:”You have to ask my colleague Müller-Wohlfahrt. I’m an internist, he’s an orthopedic surgeon. He knows better than that.”
Superjoker Wagner also contributes to the positive atmosphere in Bavaria.