Champions League (quarter-finals first leg). Bayern Munich – Paris SG, Wednesday (9 p.m.)
If his track record spoke for him, Kingsley Coman would have been sitting at the table with Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi for a long time. Champion of France, Italy and Germany, winner of the Italian Cup, Germany, the Champions League with two clubs, the Club World Cup … It’s simple, with Paris SG, Juventus Turin and Bayern Munich, Kingsley Coman has already won everything, at only 24 years old.
But the reality of his young career isn’t just in his trophy cabinet. No, Kingsley Coman has especially taken on a new scale over the past year. And if this coincides with a good time, without major injury, it is no coincidence.
Regularly damaged by his physique, since his professional debut, the French international, finalist of Euro 2016 but deprived of the 2018 World Cup by two ligament tears in his left ankle, continues the meetings, and that’s all that he needed.
“I am in the best period of my career”
He stayed at Bayern this summer to continue winning, despite interests across the Channel, and is resisting competition from Leroy Sane, Serge Gnabry and Douglas Costa. Obviously, for his trainer Hansi Flick, for whom: “he is one of the best in the world at his post”.
His European goal, registered in Lisbon, against his training club, who even caused him “a little pain”, above all, totally freed him. “There is no doubt, since that day, my self-confidence has increased and I’m playing even better,” approved the twirling winger.
At Kingsley Coman, when the physical follows, everything goes faster. “I have gained a lot of experience, I think I’m in the best period of my career, I know my body well,” said the man who arrived at Bayern Munich at the age of 19.
For its chairman, Karl-Heinz Rummenigge, “Kingsley is today a very high level player, extremely valuable for Bayern. It often makes the difference, and in important moments ”.
In parallel with this Bavarian rise to power, Kingsley Coman’s next challenge will be to become someone in the France team. The Parisian by birth is already setting off with an advantage: that of having the full confidence of Didier Deschamps, and he knows it. “I have always felt confidence. I know that he knows my qualities and that he is counting on me ”, he admitted, in a river interview granted at Onze Mondial.
In his head, his ambitions for the season are already prioritized: “The Euro is a goal. Without any physical or form problem, it should do it, I should be in the group. I have already experienced a Euro final, sometimes I still think about it, ”he confided to the same monthly.
But the road to the Euro and the consecration with the Blues will already pass through a smooth end of the season with Bayern. Because his presence in the France group this summer is due more to his physical availability than to his results over the coming weeks, the French coach not really being a fan of surprise selections.
However, what is played at the end of the season is above all his place at the start of the match: on the bench or on the meadow. This Wednesday evening, against the training club, in the quarter-finals of the Champions League, Kingsley Coman has a new opportunity to attest to his change of dimension and send a message to “DD”. With the absences of Robert lewandowski and of Serge Gnabry, the weight of the Bavarian attack will rest a little more than usual on his shoulders. It remains to be seen whether this is good or bad news for Parisians …
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