Jamal Musiala will not forget the moment that Bayern Munich manager Hansi Flick called his number to come off the bench against Tigres UANL in the Club World Cup finale.
Bayern Munich picked up a 1-0 victory and Musiala turned in a very solid 17-minute shift.
“Then my heart-rate goes up a bit,” said Musiala in an interview with FCBayern.com. “But I train every day to be ready for just a moment like that, also mentally. When I’m on the pitch, I just enjoy it, I want to have the ball and play. That’s when I have a clear head and don’t feel any pressure.”
When Musiala did feel some pressure was the night before his first training session with Bayern Munich.
“The night before, I checked my alarm clock six or seven times to make sure I wouldn’t oversleep,” Musiala said. “I didn’t sleep much either. When I got to the dressing room, no one was there because there was a meeting. I didn’t dare sit down anywhere, in someone else’s seat. I just stood around and waited — until Joshua Zirkzee came and helped me.”
Since that time, things have worked out pretty well for Musiala...and all he needed was a little assist from Zirkzee.