France defender Benjamin Pavard knows he will be facing eight of his Bayern Munich teammates when Les Blues and Germany face off, but he will not make things easy for his friends.
“The first game against Germany in Munich is already something special. I’m meeting a lot of friends from the club,” said Pavard as captured by Sport Bild. “But during the game, they are my opponents. There are no gifts there.”
Pavard, however, acknowledged that his time in the Bundesliga has made him a better, more well-rounded player.
“I have gained important experience there and won many titles. Bayern is a big club, but also very familiar. That’s why so many players play there for so long,” said Pavard. “(The game against Germany) is going to be a tough game against a strong team. They brought back great players like Thomas Müller and a lot of good, young players.”
As for France, Pavard was ecstatic to have Bayern Munich teammate Corentin Tolisso in the fold.
“Coco is a great person and an absolute professional,” Pavard said. “We never doubted him. He was always focused and is very strong mentally. And when he played, he always performed. No matter if it was for Bayern or for France.”