Kingsley Coman: I found life easier at Bayern under Guardiola



Kingsley Coman has told France Football that he has found life tougher at Bayern Munich following the departure of Pep Guardiola last summer.
Coman, 20, was a feature of the Bayern side that raced to the 2015-16 Bundesliga title under Guardiola, with fellow wingers Arjen Robben and Franck Ribery having both struggled with injury problems.
However, the France international made just 12 starts in the 2016-17 campaign compared to 21 the previous season as new boss Carlo Ancelotti — who replaced Guardiola after his move to Manchester City last summer — preferred his more experienced players.
“I was perhaps in a position that suited me a bit better [under Guardiola],” Coman said. “I had fewer injuries too. I played more on the wing, and the coach asked me to take people on. That’s what I do best, it’s the essence of my game.
“This season [under Ancelotti], it’s a bit different, but a good player must be able to adapt to instructions and respect the choices of his coach.
“When a team is doing well, he’s not going to change it for you. It’s up to you to show what you can do to change things. And I’m more of a person who shows than speaks. I will never ask a coach for an explanation. I have my pride. I want to earn my place on the pitch without complaining.”
Coman said he no longer wants people to consider him as a promising youngster anymore as he challenges for a regular first-team place at Bayern.
“You can’t have that state of mind at a big club,” he said. “You’re here to play.
“It’s certain that there are icons at Bayern, players who have done incredible things for the club. But to push them, to earn your place, you have to show that you’re at their level. At a big club, they don’t wait for you. If you’re injured or you’re not playing, the team goes forward without you.”
Despite the second year of his two-season loan from Juventus being more of a struggle, Coman saw Bayern take up the option to buy him on a permanent basis.
He has also now played in title-winning sides for five successive years following Bayern’s Bundesliga triumph this term, having started the trend at first club Paris Saint-Germain and following it on at Juve.
Though Robben and Ribery both signed contract extensions this term, taking their Bayern careers through to the end of next season, Coman said that the club have told him he has an important role to play for them.
“I’m very good at Bayern,” he said. “I had a magnificent first year, a second that was a little more complicated. But the club has always been behind me. I spoke to the board and they reassured me. They believe in me, and me in them.”

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