Corentin Tolisso will continue Bayern Munich’s tradition of excellence on the international stage. The young midfielder also stands to improve the record of Bayern players in the final. According to FC Bayern Munich’s official website, Bayern players have only come out on the winning side in four of the last ten finals. This is not to discount Bayern’s impressive streak of 36-years with a player competing on the final day, which is only matched by Inter Milan.
'14 - Neuer, Lahm, Boateng, Basti, Kroos, Müller, Götze— DW Sports (@dw_sports) July 10, 2018
'10 - V Bommel, Robben
'06 - Sagnol
'02 - Kahn, Linke, Jeremies
'98 - Lizarazu
'94 - Jorginho
'90 - Augenthaler, Kohler
'86 - Matthäus, Eder
'82 - Breitner, Dremmler, Rummenigge
France will battle it out with Croatia on Sunday, where former Rekordmeister star, Mario Mandzukic, will look to crash the party. Unlike Mandzukic, Tolisso’s role in proceedings is currently unknown. “Whether the 23-year-old will play in probably the biggest game of his career from the beginning, was not divulged by coach Didier Deschamps just yet,” according to fcbayern.com. Although Blaise Matuidi has been Deschamps first choice in the midfield, it remains to be seen if Tolisso will feature. The solid performances of the all-action midfielder throughout the tournament, indicate this is a strong possibility.
The 23-year old Frenchman has played a key role off the bench and as a starter for Les Bleus putting in a 79-minute shift against Uruguay and making a brief cameo off the bench in France’s semifinal win over Belgium. Over the course of his 177 minutes played in four matches, the tireless midfielder has contributed an assist, an impressive pass completion rate of 86% (119 passes total), and been an active force in defense (per FIFA.com). The outstretched left-hand of Thibaut Courtois just barely prevented Tolisso from icing the game in the final minutes of France’s semifinal victory.
Will Tolisso help to improve the record of Die Roten players in the World Cup final? Who is your pick to bring home the trophy?
Author’s Note: Tolisso will hit a screamer in stoppage time to lift France over Croatia (or at least I hope it happens).