Bayern Munich has had several players “breakthrough” since 2020’s initial quarantine ended. Chief among them is winger Kingsley Coman.
After scoring the game-winning goal in the Champions League final, Coman has continued his torrid run of play and been one of the squad’s most consistent players.
The Frenchman sat down with Sport Bild and talked through some of the byproducts of that success and also addressed a topic that was surely a hot button heading into the 2020/2021 season. The Sport Bild piece is partly available online and featured via the publication’s ePaper and print version.
With his high-profile success, power clubs like Manchester City and Manchester United have reportedly shown interest in the 24-year-old, which has not gone unnoticed by the player.
“It’s good to know that good teams are interested in me, it gives me additional confidence,” Coman said. “But I have a contract here until 2023. I’m just thinking of Bayern. It’s all good, I’m happy.”
Manchester City’s alleged interest in Coman is interesting because many assumed that when Leroy Sane left the Citizens that the Germany international would usurp the Frenchman’s starting role.
That, of course, has not happened as of yet, but Coman was not unaware of the perception of how things would shake out.
“I had the feeling that I could be used less often. I’m 24, that’s an age I have to play,” said Coman, who has nine goals and five assists in 15 games across all competitions. “Fortunately, my fear did not come true.”
As for Sane’s adjustment to Bayern Munich’s team culture and style of play, Coman just thinks it just takes time.
“Leroy is very good. We play differently from City, he will have to completely internalize our DNA,” Coman said. “There’s four of us fighting for two positions, we’re teammates, but of course, we all want to play as much as possible. At the moment I’m in a good mood, but maybe that will change in two months. Maybe then Leroy, Serge (Gnabry) or Douglas (Costa) will play. It is important that at least two of us are always in top form.”
Finally, Coman addressed the team’s potential for a Champions League repeat.
“We are young or in our prime, so we still have time,” Coman said. “We can and want to defend the title. Between 2016 and 2018 Real Madrid won the Champions League three times. I am sure that we can shape an era with this team.”
That sounds like a plan.