Werder undone by Coman’s pace & Thiago’s brace
Kingsley Coman sometimes has a tough time of it against opponents whose only aim is to park the proverbial bus, close down space and box him in with two or even three defenders. But if the 19-year-old is allowed even a small amount of room for manoeuvre, his rocket-like acceleration makes him all but unplayable. That was the case against Werder Bremen on Saturday evening when the young Frenchman gave one of his best performances yet for FC Bayern. “We can really enjoy watching this lad,” Karl-Heinz Rummenigge approvingly commented afterwards.
Coman provided the assists for three of FCB’s five goals. The last player in red to lay on as many goals in a Bundesliga match was Franck Ribéry back in October 2012, three and a half years ago. All that was missing for King, as Coman is nicknamed in the dressing room, was a goal of his own, although he had a couple of decent chances for that too. “We were magnificent today, and we can be pleased with the result too,” the winger summarised – and left it at that, handing the commentary and analysis duties to other players and officials.
“The boy’s been outstanding this season,” agreed Pep Guardiola. Kingsley joined Bayern last summer on a two-year loan plus option to purchase from Bayern’s Champions League opponents Juventus. “A very successful transfer,” Rummenigge observed.
‘Relief’ for Thiago
Captain Philipp Lahm is equally delighted that FCB have another weapon on the wings to complement Arjen Robben, Franck Ribéry and Douglas Costa, turning up the heat on defensive opponents at critical moments. “He’s taken a big step forwards, he’s already helped us a lot and he’ll continue to help us in the future,” Lahm stated. The main beneficiary of Coman’s stellar evening was Thiago, who converted two of the Frenchman’s assists for the first brace of his professional career.
“Those were two excellent assists from Kingsley. The first goal came as a real relief to me personally because I’ve not scored in the Bundesliga for more than two years,” commented Thiago, whose six shots against Werder were the most of any player on the field. The Spaniard gained a real boost to his confidence prior to the crucial second meeting with Juve, and that is a good thing too, as as he himself said: “It’ll be a tough match. They’re the Italian champions, they’re top of the Italian league and last year’s finalists.”