After another brilliant performance for Bayern Munich by 18-year-old wonderkid, Jamal Musiala on the weekend, it was clear that Julian Nagelsmann would rely on the German winger in the clash against FC Barcelona. Kingsley Coman was also a part of Nagelsmann’s plans, but an unanticipated trip to the washroom reduced that role to a 82nd minute entrance.
A little after Musiala set up Lewandowski’s for the 2-0 goal after Musiala’s initial shot came off the woodwork in front of the net, his time on the pitch was supposed to end. Kingsley Coman was ready to come on and the fourth referee light up the scoreboard with the lights “42” and “11”. However, no such substitution was made.
So what happened to Coman? The Frenchman wait to until the 82nd minute before being subbed in and had minimal impact in the game. So why was Coman held on the bench?
Turns out Coman had some stomach problems and wasn’t ready to come into the game. “Kingsley had a bit of stomach problems shortly before being substituted on. That is why we had to wait a moment for the toilet visit to be over,” Nagelsmann stated after the match.
Nagelsmann says Kingsley Coman had stomach problems before his substitution and had to go to the toilet for a while [@kessler_philipp]— Bayern & Germany (@iMiaSanMia) September 14, 2021
This is a pretty funny incident and may seem silly to many (probably not Eric Dier, though), but just shows that incredible athletes are still human. If you’ve got to go, you’ve go to go. Perhaps the funniest incident of a washroom visit during a professional sports match is when Boston Celtics player Paul Pierce faked an injury during the NBA Finals to go to the washroom.
If you haven’t seen this, you absolutely must. Paul Pierce had to relieve his bladder so badly during an NBA Finals game that he pretended to be injured and was wheelchaired out to the locker room. Only to return less than two minutes of gameplay later, he remarkably recovered from his “horrific injury” and re-entered the game immediately. In fact, the player received a standing ovation for his commitment to fighting through this “injury.”
Now that is a funny story.