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Renato Sanches annoys Juan Bernat on the bench during Bayern Munich match

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What do footballers get up to on the bench when they’re a substitute?

Do they watch the match intensely, observing any weaknesses in the opposition so they can exploit it if they’re called upon?

Do they watch and listen to the manager to fully understand what he wants from his side?

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Or do they just mess around and attempt to entertain themselves during the match?

Well, if you’re substitutes for Bayern Munich, it’s the latter.

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That’s because, during their Bundesliga clash against Augsburg, some of their stars could be seen having a bit of fun rather than watch their teammates in action.

To be fair, the chief instigator was 19-year-old Renato Sanchez so it’s perhaps hardly surprising to see him acting immaturely at such a young age.

The Portuguese starlet was seen annoying teammate Juan Bernat by slapping him on the head and face - much to the Spaniard’s anger.

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But Bernat couldn’t contain his annoyance and proceeded to retaliate by hitting Sanches on the head and giving his dreadlocks a tug.

After the squabble, Thomas Muller thought he would get involved in Sanches’ antics. The German goalscorer appeared to encourage the youngster to begin a chant which looks to be aimed at Bernat.

Take a look at Sanches’ behaviour below:

It’s not too surprising to see Sanches in fine spirits following his Golden Boy triumph last week. He beat the likes of Marcus Rashford and teammate Douglas Costa to the annual award run by Italian newspaper Tuttosport.

Sanches will now be hoping to follow in the footsteps of past winners Lionel Messi, Wayne Rooney and Paul Pogba to become an established star in European football.

Back to the match in Augsburg and all three of Bernat, Sanches and Muller weren’t called upon by Carlo Ancelotti as the Bavarians ran out 3-1 winners at the WWK Arena. It leaves them two points clear at the top of the table and unbeaten in nine matches.

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The trio may well have been rested for Tuesday’s Champions League clash against PSV in the Netherlands. Bayern are trailing Atletico Madrid by three points in their group but a victory on Tuesday could see them progress to the last-16.

Maybe Ancelotti should keep an eye on his bench during the fixture to make sure they’re behaving themselves.

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Bundesliga
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Manchester United
UEFA Champions League
Bayern Munich
Thomas Muller
Borussia Dortmund

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