Kick-off in Germany’s UEFA EURO 2016 semi-final with France is drawing ever nearer and Bixente Lizarazu is a man in demand.
The 45-year-old is a former FIFA World Cup winner and European champion with France, but also spent seven years in the Bundesliga with FC Bayern München. Now a respected pundit in the French media, he is ideally placed to give his views on Thursday’s crunch game in Marseille, as he did in an exclusive chat with bundesliga.com.
bundesliga.com: Bixente Lizarazu, are games between France and Germany still something special to you?
Lizarazu: Absolutely. It’s my homeland against the country where I spent eight and a half years of my career at FC Bayern. It’s a great match-up – it could have been a dream final too.
bundesliga.com: How you do you assess the performances of Kingsley Coman at the championship so far?
Lizarazu: He’s played in every game so far, either as a starter or off the bench. You can’t forget that he’s only 20 years old, but he’s certainly an improvement to this France side.
bundesliga.com: Can he cause Germany’s defence problems?
Lizarazu: It’s an advantage that he already knows his opponents from the Bundesliga. With his technical abilities and his speed and energy, he can cause any defence in the world problems. It looks like he’ll start on the bench, but he’ll definitely come on and inject some fresh impetus to France’s game. He can be a dangerous weapon against Germany’s back line.