Former Swansea City man Renato Sanches just got a Champions League standing ovation
The 21-year-old is rebuilding his career after a disastrous loan spell in South Wales
He was undoubtedly poor for Swansea City but their former loan man Renato Sanches is finding his feet again at Bayern Munich.
The 21-year-old marked his first appearance of the season for the Bavarians with a fantastic team goal against former club Benfica in the Champions League last night.
Starting the move off in his own half, Sanches was on hand to convert James Rodriguez’s cross to give the Germans a 2-0 win in Portugal.
In typical modern footballer style he did not celebrate the goal and received a standing ovation from the Estádio da Luz crowd.
Sanches’ performance also drew praise from his manager.
“I’m happy,” Bayern head coach Niko Kovac said during his post-match news conference. “Like I said in Munich, Renato wasn’t going to be our travel guide.
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Renato Sanches holds his hands up to the crowd after scoring against Benfica
“Actually Thiago [Alcantara] should have played, but when we knew he was going to miss the game, I thought it was the right time to let Renato play.
“What he did tonight was special. You could see why he is such a good player in his young age. A player with high technical and physical skills. And then he even scored.
“I have to make a compliment to him and the Portuguese supporters, that they gave him applause. You don’t see that very often. That speaks for their favour.”
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Sanches endured a loan spell to forget in South Wales, making just 15 appearances over an injury-ravaged season, and none after January 27.
He arrived with a big reputation on the back of a big-money move to the Bundesliga and his Euro 2016 heroics.
But a switch to the Premier League proved disastrous, with Paul Clement, the man who signed him, claiming the player was damaged.
His Champions League goal against his former club was the first he’s scored since the Euros.