Leroy Sane (l.) is finding his feet under new coach Hansi Flick (r.) at Bayern Munich. - © imago
Leroy Sane (l.) is finding his feet under new coach Hansi Flick (r.) at Bayern Munich. - © imago
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"Leroy Sane settling in, but won't face Marseille" - Bayern Munich head coach Hansi Flick

Bayern Munich summer signing Leroy Sane is making all the right noises, but will not debut when the record champions face French club Marseille in a friendly, head coach Hansi Flick has confirmed.

Bayern recently returned to training, three weeks after completing the domestic double with victory over Bayer Leverkusen in the DFB Cup.

Former Manchester City attacker Sane, defender Tanguy Nianzou (Paris Saint-Germain) and goalkeeper Alexander Nübel (Schalke) have impressed their new coach in their short time at the club, but will play no part against Marseille on 31 July.

The trio are also ineligible for the rescheduled UEFA Champions League, which begins for Bayern with their last-16 second leg at home to Chelsea on 8 August.

"I'm pleased we have such a big squad with enormous quality, meaning we have a great selection of players to choose from," Flick told media after Sunday's training session.

"Just like I was before the break, I'm more than happy with how the team have performed. The team is very focused and we have huge quality in training. Those are the best conditions to develop.

"The new lads have done well so far, but they won't play in the friendly against Marseille. After that, we'll turn our focus to the Chelsea game. Chelsea have played well recently, so it's important we're fully focused approaching the match. We have to get past them, before turning our attentions towards the tournament in Portugal."

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Bayern are overwhelming favourites to progress to the quarter-finals, thanks to their dominant 3-0 triumph in London five months ago. The five-time European champions, who last won the Champions League in 2012/13, will face the winner of the tie between Barcelona and Napoli in a one-legged quarter-final in Portugal, should they advance.

Centre-back Niklas Süle is expected to be involved in some capacity against Marseille and Chelsea following a lengthy absence with cruciate knee ligament damage, but right-back Benjamin Pavard is likely to miss out.

The 2018 FIFA World Cup winner sustained an injury to his left foot in Sunday's team workout, with the club later confirming he would be sidelined "for the time being" after a comprehensive check by the medical department diagnosed a "ligament injury".

Bayern defender Niklas Süle (c.) has not played competitively since mid-October, but is back in full team training. - imago

Flick is bidding to emulate treble-winning coach Jupp Heynckes when Bayern return to competitive action against Chelsea at the Allianz Arena. The 55-year-old has overseen 29 wins from 32 matches in charge, including four in the Champions League.

Despite the mini summer break, Joachim Löw's former 2014 World Cup-winning deputy says his charges remain as hungry as ever.

"I'm so impressed by the mood within the team," Flick affirmed. "Everyone wants to win, which is just nice to see and is a foundation for having success."

"Of course, you can set objectives, but it's a long way to them. Our next one is to beat Chelsea. We dealt with the league and cup perfectly, and now it's about doing something special. But first, our full focus is on Chelsea."