“I’m here to defend Mané” – Tuchel Speaks Out On The Sane-Mane Fight. The two Bayern stars got into a confrontation following the team’s humiliating loss to Manchester City. Thomas Tuchel has stated that the mood in Bayern Munich’s locker room is normal following Sadio Mane’s clash with Leroy Sane.

Bayern Munich was defeated 3-0 by Manchester City in the first leg of their Champions League quarter-final match on Tuesday. Several hours after the game, rumours surfaced of Mane punching Sane in the face during a locker-room brawl.

 "I’m here to defend Mané" Tuchel Speaks Out On The Sane-Mane Fight
“I’m here to defend Mané” – Tuchel Speaks Out On The Sane-Mane Fight

Speaking ahead of Bayern’s Bundesliga game against Hoffenheim, Tuchel said: “That’s settled. A game and a fine are the consequences of what happened.

“The way both players involved dealt with it, the way the other players dealt with it, it had a cleansing effect. We had a positive atmosphere yesterday and today.”

According to Bild, Mane was mourning the death of his aunt when the incident occurred. Both the Senegalese star and Sane are said to have apologized to the rest of Bayern’s squad and returned to training on Thursday.

Tuchel added: “I’m here to defend Mané. I’ve known him for a very long time and only know him as an absolute professional. I also know his entourage. He has never been guilty of anything.

“It was against the code of conduct, he recognized it and apologized.”

Mane will not be in Bayern’s lineup against Hoffenheim. He will, however, be available for Tuchel’s team against Manchester City four days later.

By Clive Banda

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