Kingsley Coman talks about the screams and screams of a night in Lisbon and he can’t stop smiling.
In due time, the Bayern Munich winger will discuss how to plan a reunion with Thiago Alcantara, Liverpool’s new midfield metronome, and take a look at Manchester so he can score points over Pep Guardiola and Paul Pogba, but the only spot. to begin with is Portugal.
It’s been 59 days since Coman’s 59th minute header enabled Bayern to climb back to the top of European football, with his goal against Paris Saint-Germain creating the most surreal Champions League final – in terms of atmosphere – in the history decided.
Kingsley Coman scored the goal with which Bayern Munich won the Champions League in August
Coman remembers the screeching and screaming of his teammates when his goal went in
‘I’ve had some bad moments in my life and I’ve had some good ones, but this was by far the best,’ says the French star Sportsmail.
‘Usually in a stadium, with all the fans, you don’t hear things. But this time, as soon as the ball went in, I heard the scream from my teammates. It was so special. The sad part was returning to Munich. We did something in our stadium with everyone who worked for the club and that was fun.
‘But right now you want to feel like the king of Europe and we missed our fans. We are going to try to make it happen again this year. ‘
Bayern Munich’s victory over Paris Saint-Germain brought them back to the top of European football
Few would bet against them. Bayern won all their matches in last season’s league, the first team with a perfect track record. It included warps from Tottenham and Chelsea in London, as well as an 8-2 demolition of Barcelona.
“I spoke with Ousmane Dembele, Antoine Griezmann and Clement Lenglet, the French in the Barcelona team,” Coman says. ‘They told us we played perfect football. We were so motivated, really confident. No one can ever take away what we have done. ‘
Bayern will kick off their defense tonight in Munich against Atletico Madrid, one of the most talked-about matches of the group stage, and the jet-heeled Coman wants to take center stage again.
At just 24 years old, he has a remarkable resume showing that he has won a national league title every year since turning pro and making his debut at 17 for PSG – twice Ligue 1 and twice Serie A with Juventus before moving to Germany to play Help Bayern to dominate and claim. five Bundesliga shields a total of 21 major awards.
He played under most of the top European coaches, from Max Allegri to Carlo Ancelotti, and is now doing well for Hansi Flick. But the biggest influence on his career – aside from youth hero Ronaldinho – is Manchester City boss Guardiola, who signed him to Bayern in 2015.
“What he asked me was seeing football differently from my position,” Coman explains. ‘He asked me to play broad, really play one on one, to make a difference.
‘For me, the perfect game is to gain a lot of skills, help and defend the team, and create a lot of opportunities.
The 24-year-old says he was encouraged to play ‘beautiful things’ under Pep Guardiola
‘What I like is the way (Guardiola) played was to create space to be one on one. It’s great to have a coach when you are young who has faith in you and just wants you to play. When I play, I try to do beautiful things. ‘
More often than not, the pretty stuff comes off. Coman will be an integral part of France’s squad at next summer’s European Championship and it is during the discussion of their prospects to add that trophy to the World Cup that Pogba’s name comes to the fore.
“I know Paul,” Coman says. ‘Football is a lot in the head and how you feel. When we’re on the national team together, I know he feels so good. I’m not with him in Manchester so I don’t know how he will be when he is there, but in the national team he plays freely in his head, he can use all his qualities.
Coman says when Paul Pogba is with the French national team the midfielder ‘feels so good’
Maybe the pressure is different. In his freshman year in Manchester I think he was the best player. He had the most assists I think, but people still weren’t happy. They bought him and he was expensive, but he wouldn’t be the one to score all the goals and give all the assists. He is there to bring balance.
“Thiago, for example, didn’t score many goals for Bayern, but what he did was so important to the team, just as important as Robert Lewandowski, who scores 50 goals.”
Absence has certainly made Coman appreciate what Thiago brought to Bayern and he sees Liverpool as formidable rivals heading for Istanbul.
“I trained every day with Thiago for five years – I know his quality,” Coman says. Liverpool is lucky to have it. They are one of the best teams in Europe and I hope we will meet one day this season. Let’s see if we can win it again. ‘
Coman wants the chance to take on Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool and his old friend Thiago (left)