Bayern Munich legend Bixente Lizarazu gave an unusually candid critique of his countrymen Kingsley Coman and Corentin Tolisso in an interview with (AZ). Neither player has reached his full potential in Lizarazu’s opinion.
Lizarazu said of Coman, “Regaining trust in his own body is a problem for him. Coman needs to be free in his head in order to play his best soccer. If you’re afraid, it doesn’t work.” “Sometimes,” he said, “I have the feeling that he is a bit timid on the pitch after all these injuries.”
Lizarazu sees Coman as “one of the best wingers in the world” when fit. “He is so strong one on one, so fast. He can make the difference for Bayern,” Lizarazu concluded, if he can only stay fit and confident.
As for Tolisso, Lizarazu explained, “After a long injury, it always takes a very long time before you are as strong as you were before. And when Joshua Kimmich and Thiago play as well as they did in this Rückrunde, you have a hard time getting playing time.”
The path forward for Tolisso is not an easy one, Lizarazu acknowledged. “At a club like Bayern, you have to be a great fighter. Tolisso is a very good player. If he believes he doesn’t have a chance and doesn’t feel good, it would perhaps be better to try out something new. That sometimes happens in a career.”
Lizarazu still hopes, though, that Tolisso makes it “against the strong competition in midfield” in Munich.