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An interview with Kingsley Coman: one on one

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Bayern’s winger opens up about pace, parentage and perfecting his craft.

Bundesliga 2017-18 - VfB Stuttgart vs FC Bayern Muenchen
KIngsley Coman shares some key details on fine-tuning his skills.
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In a recent interview with FC Bayern’s official website, Kingsley Coman shed some light on the source of his blazing speed (spoiler, it’s mostly genetics), adapting to life in Germany and the refinements needed to take his game to the next level.

Pace is usually the topic of the day when describing Kingsley Coman. When asked, the Frenchmen showed little interest in running 100-metre sprints; his focus is using that pace with the ball at his feet. Coman also shared some details on the source of that speed:

My father was a fast runner too when he played football. My brother is fast too, but that’s because of his technique. So you can say I inherited my pace.

Although preferring the climate of Carribean life to the colder temperatures of Europe, Coman finds that many aspects of German life suit him just fine:

I’ve felt very much at ease from my first day in Germany. The people are very respectful there. If they want to take a photo with you they ask politely. I like that.

The French international’s progress at Bayern Munich has been evident in 2017. To continue to build on that success, Coman outlined improvements in his diet and lifestyle that he has made:

I pay attention to my diet for example. I haven’t been drinking carbonated drinks for a long time now. Besides, I eat a lot more vegetables now. One meal per day consists of salad or other vegetables. I make sure to sleep a bit in the afternoon. These are small details but they ensure I’m in top form in terms of my body.

Along with the adjustments off the pitch, improvements on on it have been a key factor in Coman’s success. In particular, he described how Bayern Coach Jupp Heynckes recommended a specific adjustment to help him improve his crosses:

It was about the moment before I cross into the box, when I’m at pace. The coach told me to slow down a little. And it’s worked quite well so far. I’ll keep working on it.

These improvements will be on display for the foreseeable future with the winger extending his contract with FC Bayern through June 2023.