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Jadon Sancho was taken off after just 36 minutes during Borussia Dortmund's crushing defeat by Bayern Munich and after the match the manager confirmed it was a decision based on the winger's poor performance.
Following Bayern's 5-1 loss to Eintracht Frankfurt last weekend, which cost Niko Kovac his job, Dortmund went into Der Klassiker on Saturday a point ahead of their rivals.
Despite coming into the game in better form Dortmund lost the game 4-0 to leave manager Lucien Favre under pressure. At just 1-0 down the manager brought Sancho off, in the 36th minute, and after the match he confirmed it wasn't because of injury, saying, "He was not injured, he trained yesterday. I had to go on what I was seeing and, to be honest, it was not good enough."
Sancho had been replaced during Dortmund's comeback win against Inter in the Champions League on Tuesday with a hamstring injury and there were fears that he would miss the internationals.
Favre's admission that it wasn't an injury issue on the weekend will come as a relief to England manager Gareth Southgate ahead of their final Euro 2020 qualifiers, against Montenegro and Kosovo.
But the player clearly wasn't happy with the substitution and outcome of the match as he walked through the media mixed zone with his hood up, refusing to answer any questions from the press.
Robert Lewandowski put the German champions 1-0 up after just 17 minutes and, despite Favre subbing off Sancho, the visitors didn't concede again in the first half.
It took the hosts just two minutes after the break to make it 2-0 through Spurs tormentor Serge Gnabry before Lewandowski doubled his tally for the game on 76 minutes.
Just four minutes later former Bayern defender Mats Hummels, who rejoined Dortmund in the summer, scored an own goal to wrap up the scoring.
Despite not having a permanent manager in place the win takes Bayern up to third in the league behind RB Leipzig on goal difference and one point behind leaders Borussia Monchengladbach.
Dortmund's loss leaves them two points behind their fierce rivals in fifth, and a point behind fourth place Hoffenheim.
Can Sancho rediscover his form on England duty?
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