The 19-year-old has risen to the challenge of competing for minutes among the Bavarians’ star-studded squad, contributing six goals and 11 assists in 27 appearances in all competitions and making his debut for the French national team to boot.
In Les Bleus' squad once more for the upcoming international break, strong performances for club and country have given the dynamic winger reason to be confident of featuring for his country on home soil at UEFA EURO 2016. Talking exclusively to bundesliga.com, the Paris native discussed why he is so happy in Munich, how he is handling his newfound popularity and why he still has a lot to learn.
bundesliga.com: Kingsley Coman, you have just enjoyed a fantastic week, which included wins over SV Werder Bremen and 1. FC Köln in the Bundesliga as well as qualification for the UEFA Champions League quarter finals at the expense of Juventus FC. What did you make of it all?
Kingsley Coman: It was, without a doubt, the best week since I’ve been playing for FC Bayern. First I provided three assists against Werder, then I grabbed a goal and an assist against Juventus and finished by completing the full 90 minutes in Cologne. Honestly, I’ve got to say that I’m spent and that this international break has come at just the right time.
bundesliga.com: You have featured a lot under Pep Guardiola. You have got to be delighted with the amount of game time you have been given?
Coman: Absolutely. I’m playing often and I’m regularly picking up goals or assists. I’m proud of my performances and am hoping that things will continue in the same vein. I’m really happy and moving to Munich last summer was definitely the best decision. It’s also important for me to learn something new every day and that’s certainly the case in Munich.
bundesliga.com: Whether in France or in Germany, your popularity continues to rise despite the fact that you are just 19 years old. How are you handling that?
Coman: It’s not a problem. Of course it’s nice when you receive praise from the media, but if I’m being honest I put greater importance on what my coaches and team-mates think of me.
bundesliga.com: You seem to have adapted to the Bundesliga’s style of play incredibly well. How do you explain that?
Coman: I love the Bundesliga. The style of play suits me. Furthermore, there’s not a single game that isn’t sold out. Even if every game is difficult to win, for instance most recently against Köln where we had luck on our side in scoring an early goal, I have a lot of fun every single weekend. As a player you’ve got everything you need to keep you happy.
bundesliga.com: Do you feel like you are in the best form of your career?
Coman: I wouldn’t go that far, but it’s true that I’m feeling really good right now. However, I can still learn an awful lot and take several steps forward. I know that I can play even better. I just need a bit of time. I’m the type of person who is very demanding of himself.
bundesliga.com: In the Bundesliga, FC Bayern still boast a five-point lead over Borussia Dortmund. How are you feeling about the last seven Matchdays?
Coman: We’ve just seen in Cologne that it’s not easy to go full throttle again so soon after a Champions League encounter. Our willpower allowed us to give everything we had to be able to take three points home with us. Getting three points remains the most important thing for us. We can live with the lead we’ve got right now even if Dortmund are playing with great consistency.
bundesliga.com: How important is the upcoming home game against Eintracht Frankfurt?
Coman: Every game until the end of the season is extremely important. We weren’t able to win in Frankfurt in the first half of the season and it’s safe to assume that Eintracht will sit very deep. It’s crucial that we walk off the pitch as winners in order to take another step towards winning the title, but also to boost our self-confidence ahead of the Champions League quarter final first leg against SL Benfica.
Interview by Alexis Menuge