Arjen Robben and Franck Ribery both left FC Bayern Munich last summer after their ‘Robbery’ partnership had become the cornerstone of nearly a decade of unrivalled success for the record Bundesliga champions, leaving 23-year-old Kingsley Coman as their natural successor.
Remarkably, Kingsley Coman set a new Bundesliga record against SC Paderborn 07 on Matchday 6 by clocking a top speed of 22.2 miles per hour (35.7 km/h), officially making him the fastest-ever player in the league.
In this week’s interview, the France international talks about Bayern – Dortmund ‘Der Klassiker’ at the Allianz Arena, his idol Ronaldinho and fitness keeping for the tough Bundesliga.
How important is the match against Borussia Dortmund
Coman: It’s an important match. We are coming up against one of our direct rivals for the title, and it’s also an important match for the fans. We must win. It’s always a difficult match, but we tend to win at home against them.
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The Supercup was not good but I am convinced that we will put in a good performance. I am still confident. It is an important match, so I hope that I will be able to score. I hope to be decisive and hope that everyone has a good game as well.
How did Ronaldinho become your role model?
Because when I was little, I was at Paris and Ronaldinho played for PSG. He was a player who was always enjoyable to watch. Henry, too, but in terms of the kind of player I wanted to emulate, Ronaldinho was perfect.
How do you deal with Bayern Munich’s tight fixture
Nutrition is important, but primarily because it helps you to stay fit. It is important because we work hard, we have a match every three days. You need to put in the extra work for your body to avoid injuries. It is true that it is not easy. It is difficult to play so many matches back
to back. I am happy to have this responsibility and I will
try my best.