​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 Raphaël Guerreiro in a proactive bid to salvage something from the game. 

Jadon Sancho,Raphael Guerreiro

As previously established, it didn't quite pan out that way, and though their humbling defeat birthed many talking points, the decision to remove Sancho from the side so early on was a prominent eyebrow-raiser. 

But though the assumption was that a pre-existing injury was at play, Favre has explained in straightforward terms that it was purely tactical. 

"He was not hurt. He trained on Friday," Favre said, as quoted by ​Foot Mercato.

Lucien Favre

 "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.

After returning late from England duty back in October, the forward found himself​ dropped from the squad altogether to face Borussia Mönchengladbach, while he was also ​hit with a €100k fine for his troubles. 

He will play his part in England's final two Euro 2020 qualifiers with Montenegro and Kosovo over the next week, after he was ​named in Gareth Southgate's squad. He will then look to put any underlying club tensions behind him when Dortmund return to face Paderborn in two weeks' time. 

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