Sane exclusion puts Low under massive pressure - Ballack

Aubrey Yates
June 5, 2018

The 22-year-old was a shock omission from Joachim Low's final 23-man party for the tournament in Russian Federation, having starred in City's record-breaking Premier League campaign and been a regular in Germany's recent matches.

"It was a very tight decision between him and Julian Brandt which went in favour of Brandt", Loew said.

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Michael Ballack expressed his surprise at Leroy Sane's omission from Germany's World Cup squad.

The 22-year-old winger had an impressive campaign for City, scoring 14 goals in 49 appearances as Pep Guardiola's side ran away with the Premier League trophy.

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Low has instead opted for Marco Reus, Thomas Muller, Julian Draxler and Julian Brandt ahead of Sane. "He will be back again from Sept", Low said. He had not arrived in worldwide matches yet.

Not only did Sane score one more and assist five times as many as Brandt, his average of one goal involvement per 97 minutes is also far better than the Bayer Leverkusen man on 195 minutes. "If it was a 100m race, it would have been a photo finish".

"It's as if you are stood at the check-in desk for your flight to Moscow, but are then prevented from boarding".

Germany are in Group F along with Sweden, Mexico and South Korea.

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