As he prepares to find PSG for the second leg of the knockout stages of the Champions League, Bayern Munich must deal with the moods of Joao Cancelo, who arrived this winter.
Joao Cancelo is considered by his peers to be the best full-back in the world, capable of playing on the right as well as on the left. The Portuguese was indeed entitled to the honors of the team of the year designated by FIFPro on the occasion of the presentation of The Best trophies awarded by FIFA. Pep Guardiola did not hesitate during the last winter transfer window to let his player go, recruited for some 65 million euros in the summer of 2019.
The former Turinese was indeed loaned to Bayern Munich, faced with the unavailability of Noussair Mazraoui and the crisis of confidence of Benjamin Pavard. The native of Barreiro took the opportunity to quickly find a place and chain the meetings. But Julian Nagelsmann does not seem to have been convinced. Out at the break in the first leg against PSG after a sluggish first period, Joao Cancelo had to settle for a late entry in the clash against Union Berlin and had no say on Saturday. against Stuttgart. A situation which the interested party would not accept.
He is vexed
According to Sky Sport Germany, Joao Cancelo would indeed be unhappy with his playing time and would not hesitate to tell his coach. However, it is on the bench that the Portuguese side should start the return match against PSG. Julien Nagelsmann does not hide it: he finds the young Croatian Josip Stanisic more reliable defensively. The Bavarian coach indeed recently explained at a press conference that the former Turinese was not used to playing in a three-man defense and that he was less comfortable offensively on the right side, where he is the more often used.
“The problem is that Cancelo doesn’t seem to be able to play a full-back centre-back role in a three-back system, pointed out Lothar Matthäus. I don’t know if the Portuguese’s mood would have improved if he had been able to play the last ten minutes in Stuttgart, but he is already upset anyway. I guess Cancelo felt like he was going to play during the Manchester loan talks. Otherwise, he wouldn’t have come. I doubt the coach can change this player’s mindset to something positive. »