Borussia Dortmund manager Lucien Favre has explained that his decision to withdraw Jadon Sancho in the first half of their Der Klassiker annihilation was not due to an injury - but because the England international was simply 'not good enough.'
Dortmund fell to a resounding 4-0 defeat to managerless Bayern Munich, with a Robert Lewandowski double, a strike from Serge Gnabry and an own-goal from Mats Hummels moving the champions to within four points of top spot, while Dortmund plummet to fifth.
The visitors offered precious little going forward in the first 45, with Sancho in particular looking off the pace, and with the score still at 1-0 on 36 minutes, Favre opted to withdraw the winger for
"He was not hurt. He trained on Friday," Favre said, as quoted by Foot Mercato.
"I had to do something about what I saw and to be honest, what I saw was not good."
On the face of it, the 19-year-old is enjoying another productive season, with nine goal contributions in 16 appearances, but it has been one underlined with controversy and reports of ill-content.
Jadon Sancho over the past month:— Zach Lowy (@ZachLowy) November 9, 2019
-Benched vs. Freiburg
-Excluded from the squad vs. Gladbach after returning late from international break
-Didn't play at all vs. Wolfsburg
-Subbed off after 36 minutes vs. Bayern
After returning late from England duty back in October, the forward found himself dropped from the squad altogether to face Borussia