The 24-year-old – who won the Champions League final with a firm header in August – admitted that he has to close his eyes when he is going up to hit the ball.
It’s just an instinct
Kingsley Coman has revealed that his teammates at Bayern Munich tease him because he is afraid of heading the ball. The 24-year-old – who won the Champions League final with a firm header in August – admitted that he has to close his eyes when he is going up to hit the ball. “It’s just that I’m a little scared to direct the ball, and my teammates laugh at me about it,” Coman told reporters. “You can see it in the photos. I closed my eyes for the headers. It’s just an instinct. I always try to keep my eyes open, but at the last moment I always have this reflex”. His strong effort against Paris Saint-Germain aside, Coman has never been the most prolific wide player ever.
Kingsley Coman admits that he was never a killer in front of goal
His tally of 10 goals in 2018-19 was the only one he doubled in the season. But with five in his name for this campaign, it’s a benchmark that he’s on course to match. Coman once admitted that he was never a “killer” in front of goal. Although it is an area of his game he would surely like to improve. “I should have been more present in front of the gate, and I am creating more chances,” he told reporters in 2019. “I don’t think I’ll ever be someone to score 30, 40 or 50 goals in a campaign. The instinct to be a killer in front of goal is not natural for me, even if I work for it. I love creating goals. But I know that scoring is essential. So I am strict with myself and try to be more selfish.”
Coman and Bayern Munich return to the Bundesliga on Sunday after a short winter break. They closed the historic year with a 2-1 win over Bayer Leverkusen on December 19, overtaking Peter Bosz’s side to finish 2020 in their usual top spot. In January, Bayern are due to negotiate with six players in the league, starting at home to second-bottom Mainz, with a DFB-Pokal fixture against second-placed Holstein Kiel also on the schedule.