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Niko Kovac optimistic of Renato Sanches impact at Bayern Munich

Kovac optimistic of Renato Sanches impact
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Niko Kovac hopes that Bayern Munich youngster Renato Sanches can find his form of old after returning from a disastrous loan spell with Swansea City.

Bayern Munich manager Niko Kovac has suggested that Renato Sanches still has a part to play at the club after "unfreezing a little" during the early stages of pre-season.

The Portugal international endured a season to forget on loan in the Premier League with Swansea City last time out, being restricted to just 12 appearances and failing to register a goal or an assist.

Ex-Swans boss Paul Clement admitted that Sanches's lack of confidence was clear to see during his time in South Wales, but Kovac is not giving up on the 2016 Golden Boy winner coming good at the Allianz Arena.

"I'm pleased for Renato who hasn't had an easy time here in Munich," he told reporters. "But I saw immediately on my first day he's got a great body language.

"He's a top-quality player and I notice him unfreezing a little. If he has the necessary self-confidence he knows what he is capable of. When you give him the necessary self-confidence and recognition, then you can always perform well and his free-kick was exceptional.

"We practised free kicks in our final training yesterday and all of his went in and he also managed it today."

Sanches was on target for Bayern as they defeated fellow European heavyweights Paris Saint-Germain 3-1 in their International Champions Cup clash on Saturday afternoon.


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Renato Sanches in action during the Premier League game between Chelsea and Swansea City on November 29, 2017
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1Borussia DortmundDortmund17133144182642
2Bayern Munich17113336181836
3Borussia MonchengladbachBorussia M'bach17103436181833
4RB Leipzig1794431171431
5Wolfsburg178452722528
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11Freiburg175662125-421
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13Schalke 04Schalke175392024-418
14Fortuna DusseldorfDusseldorf175391933-1418
15Augsburg173682529-415
16Stuttgart1742111235-2314
17Hannover1725101735-1811
18Nuremberg1725101438-2411

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