Summary

  • Ancelotti gave Coman his professional debut at PSG in 2013.
  • Coman says the door to Ancelotti's office is always open.
  • The French midfielder is hoping to feature more under Ancelotti this season.

If you are looking for a person well placed to describe Carlo Ancelotti, you would not need to look much further than FC Bayern München's Kingsley Coman.

It was the Italian coach who launched the Frenchman's career, handing him his debut for Paris Saint-Germain on 17 February 2013. bundesliga.com therefore decided to speak with the 20-year-old to find out how Bayern's new coach ticks, what his philosophy is and how he is around his players.

bundesliga.com: Kingsley Coman, after your holiday you will return to FC Bayern at the end of the month for a reunion with Carlo Ancelotti. Are you looking forward to it?

Kingsley Coman: Absolutely. Once I found out just before Christmas last year that Ancelotti was going to be Bayern's new coach after Pep Guardiola, I was delighted. I know him from my time at Paris Saint-Germain and I've got only fond memories of him. He's a great coach and a great person.

He's very flexible tactically and always has a trick up his sleeve when he needs to pick a different style. Kingsley Coman

bundesliga.com: How could you describe Ancelotti to us?

Coman: He places a lot of emphasis on communication. He always has time for his players and the door to his office is always open for us at any time. He never really gets loud and he has a natural authority. He can deal with any kind of player.

bundesliga.com: And how would you describe him as a coach?

Coman: His great experience, which he gathered first as a player and then as a coach, means nothing surprises him anymore. He's extremely professional and doesn't leave anything to chance, and as far as his philosophy is concerned, he loves it when his team are in control of the game. He's very flexible tactically and always has a trick up his sleeve when he needs to shuffle things.

Coman made his professional debut as a 16-year-old under Ancelotti at PSG.

bundesliga.com: Can you remember how your Ligue 1 debut was under him?

Coman: It was an away game with PSG in Sochaux and I came on as a sub. In the weeks before, I had felt that I was soon going to play in the first team. I always knew he had faith in me, even if I was still very young and inexperienced back then. He would often talk to me on a one-to-one basis so that when my debut came, I had no fear and I was just delighted to be able to take my bowat the age of 16. I've got Carlo Ancelotti to thank for that.

We've set the bar high and I think Ancelotti is just the right man to help us fulfil our lofty ambitions on the highest level in Europe. Kingsley Coman

bundesliga.com: What are your hopes for the coming season with Pep Guardiola's successor?

Coman: I was very happy with my first season at Bayern in terms of my playing time. I was able to show what I am all about, and now I want to confirm this and start even more games, even if the competition is still extremely strong. It's certainly no disadvantage the fact I've worked with Carlo Ancelotti before, but I nevertheless know that I still have to keep working hard to reach my goal. I'm definitely looking forward to the new season with Ancelotti. We've set the bar high and I think Ancelotti is just the right man to help us fulfil our lofty ambitions on the highest level in Europe.

Interview by Alexis Menuge / translated by Ben Gladwell