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Thomas Müller and Hansi Flick defend Javi Martinez and Kingsley Coman

In the press conference before the clash with Tottenham Hotspur, the coach and vice captain defend their men.

Photo by A. Beier/Getty Images for FC Bayern

Bayern’s pacy french winger Kingsley Coman’s last Bundesliga involvement in goal was in August. Answering a question citing the above, Head Coach Hansi Flick stood up for his player, pointing out his immense potential and rare talents and said he will continue to develop. Flick understands the mentality of Coman and added that he and the staff support him to keep his self-confidence high.

This is not first time we are hearing about Coman being a sensitive player. Uli Hoeness had a rather warm meeting with the 23 year old in March, that involved Bavarian cookies and a lot of positive talk.

Flick on Coman:

He is still a young player and will continue to develop. He has qualities that very, very few possess. He will be involved in this or that goal again.

The fateful 90th-minute challenge in the box on Marcus Thuram by Javi Martinez to give away a penalty in the weekend match against Borussia Mönchengladbach was met with harsh criticism by many fans that was arguably justified. Despite the fact that Martinez is not a natural center-back, the injury crisis in defense thrust Martinez in the central defense. Unable to keep up with the speed and skill of Thuram, Javi made a last ditch-challenge that cost the Bavarians the game. Such incidents are not uncommon and Vice Captain Thomas Müller acknowledged this fact when asked if the team had a chat with Javi after the game regarding his challenge. Müller said,

Of course he knows that this action didn’t help us. But we are not looking for any victims or are now beating up on him. We are moving forward together; we have absolute confidence in our players. Not only a defensive player makes mistakes — we in the offense scored only two goals with 40 shots. We will continue to push ourselves and not pull ourselves down.

Müller stated that Javi had the team’s full support and duly accepted that the offense were not in the right either. Had they converted their chances with more efficiency, the situation would have been a mistake that cost Bayern only in goal difference. Nonetheless, the staff and the team are only looking to push harder and push ahead positively and show the improvement in our play on the scoresheet as we host Tottenham Hotspur on Wednesday.

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