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Kingsley Coman praises Benjamin Pavard and Niko Kovac

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As he prepares for the new season, Coman took a moment to talk to Sport Bild about his countrymen and new coach, as well as Bayern Munich’s goals.

MUNICH, GERMANY - JULY 12: Kingsley Coman of FC Bayern Muenchen prepares for a training session at the club's Saebener Strasse training ground on July 12, 2018 in Munich, Germany.
Kingsley Coman laces up at Säbener Strasse, July 12, 2018.
Photo by A. Beier/Getty Images for FC Bayern

Kingsley Coman is working diligently in preparation for the coming season after recovering from the serious injury that sidelined him for the entirety of the second half of last season — and kept him from joining his countryman Corentin Tolisso at the World Cup.

Of course, Coman paid close attention to French teammates’ progress through the tournament. The performance of one of Bayern’s highly touted transfer targets was also not lost on Coman. Coman told Sport Bild, “Benjamin Pavard played a very good tournament; he was able to raise his level of play,” the winger said.

Now Coman is working to reclaim his place in Bayern Munich’s starting lineup. Coman said, “Personally, I definitely hope to reach the level I had before my injury again.” Coman is confident in the quality of the team and would like to contend again for the Champions League:

Winning the Champions League is naturally a major goal. Our team is very strong. We have a good mix of experienced players like Robben, Ribéry, Neuer, Hummels and Lewandowksi, and young players like Serge Gnabry. We don’t need to hide from anyone.

With respect to his new coach, Niko Kovac, Coman’s statements reflected Kovac’s reputation for rigor and hard work:

He is a disciplined coach; he’s very exacting in his daily work. We are working very hard with him; that’s important for the team.

Coman will join the team on the 2018 Audi Summer Tour of the USA, where he may soon play in friendlies in Philadelphia and Miami.