Jamal Musiala may just be one of the most fouled players in the Bundesliga.
Bayern Munich’s exciting young playmaker is often seen pirouetting between and ghosting through a sea of frustrated defenders — and he is getting more than a few shirt tugs and knock-downs in the process.
“Fouls against a player that likes to dribble are normal. It’s part of the game. I try to adjust and find new solutions. I try to stay calm and not let my emotions out in such situations. That wouldn’t help my game,” Musiala explained in a recent interview, as captured by @iMiaSanMia.
This is a topic Thomas Tuchel has touched on recently as well, and an aspect of Musiala’s game he will have to develop even further. After all, it is no good to produce a highlight reel dribble if what comes at the end of it is simply dispossession.
Musiala’s 12-goal, 10-assist performance in the Bundesliga last season already shows the heights he is capable of hitting. Now the race is on: can defenders actually adapt to his style of play, or will Musiala — like other dribbling maestros such as Lionel Messi — manage to stay ahead of the curve?