Corentin Tolisso’s absolute screamer of a goal against Atletico Madrid in the Champions League is an illustration of how much the French midfielder has found his form at Bayern Munich so far this season and also the confidence he’s playing with. His straight red card in the 4-1 win over Arminia Bielefeld in the Bundesliga was perhaps the only blip on his form so far, but Javi Martinez didn’t do him any favors in that particular situation with a poor back pass that put Tolisso in an awkward spot just outside of Bayern’s box.
So far this season, he’s made a total of seven appearances across all competitions, the strongest of which was (arguably) in the 4-0 win over Atletico Madrid in the Champions League. Speaking ahead of the Champions League clash against Lokomotiv Moscow, Hansi Flick highlighted the French international’s fine run of form to Abendzeitung.
“He’s in good shape,” Flick said. “In Bielefeld, it was a good performance from him - despite the red card. Against Atlético he played brilliantly. He has the quality to go box-to-box. It’s just important that Coco enjoys football and he’s showing it now again.”
What also works in Tolisso’s favor as far as attacking freedom is the midfield pivot of Joshua Kimmich and Leon Goretzka, who both provide an anchor in the center of midfield just ahead of Bayern’s back line. The positional and tactical understanding between the two is impeccable and gives the other midfield players more creative freedoms as we saw in the Atletico Madrid match when Tolisso was initially deployed as an attacking midfielder tucked just behind Robert Lewandowski.
Flick went on to emphasize the way in which Tolisso is now playing with more confidence and less hesitation.
“You can tell in training that a burden has fallen from him,” said Flick. “This is enormously important for him, because then he has a certain looseness. He can play with his very own class, which gives him more self-confidence. He is very strong in running. He has quality, good finishes from the second row, and can also to go into the box.”
Karl-Heinz Rummenigge has always backed Tolisso since the Frenchman joined the club from Olympique Lyon back in the summer of 2017. Tolisso has had terrible luck with injuries since coming to Bayern and it’s taken him a while to really come to fruition, but Rummeingge knows that he can be a big time player for Bayern, especially now that a void has been left with Thiago Alcantara’s departure to Liverpool in the Premier League.
“We hope that Coco will bring a lot of quality to our game. He’s very dangerous in front of the goal,” Rummenigge said.