Bayern Munich loves the French. The converse is true. This season, they have never been so numerous in the Bavarian squad, with four internationals under contract since 1 July: Kingsley Coman, Corentin Tolisso and newcomers Benjamin Pavard and Lucas Hernandez bought for 115 million euros.
This Monday, only Tolisso was present with the group for the resumption of training. Operated at the end of March in the right knee, Hernandez assured that his rehabilitation was going "well" and waiting for the green light of doctors to train with the team. For their part, Coman and Pavard, enjoy a few extra days of rest after the last three meetings of the Blues early June. They are expected this Friday.
The bosses of the most successful Bundesliga clubs generally know how to spend their money with intelligence and recruitment made in France asserts itself, over time, as a true tradition in the south of Germany.
"The French knew how to identify with us"
"With the French, we have never experienced disappointment, believes Uli Hoeness, the chairman of the supervisory board. This football is ultra-competitive with an untold number of players with impressive potential. In Bayern, we love Tricolores and that has always been the case. Rolling up the sleeves on the transfer market to enlist a Frenchman has always paid off. Initially, to bring a Ribery or a Lizarazu was difficult to achieve, but once the deal was made, we were happy with them and they were able to gradually identify with us. "
Franck Ribéry has, indeed, remained twelve seasons at Bayern to the point of being considered one of the legends. Bixente Lizarazu is himself a member of the club's eleven and Willy Sagnol has also marked the Red and White fans in his footprint by spending eight and a half seasons there. Arrived on the banks of the Isar four years ago and despite many injuries, Coman is now an undisputed holder on the left wing where he will try to forget Ribery party at the end of his contract a few weeks ago. As for Tolisso, whose last season has been ruined by a rupture of the cruciate ligaments of the right knee, he does not hide his happiness to evolve within a big European where the atmosphere remains family.
"They all speak more or less German"
The presence of four players from the same country is it, however, likely to create tension in a locker room where Bavarian spirit has always played a key role? "On the contrary, it helps to create links between players," says sports director Hasan Salihamidzic. This quartet will perpetuate with us the tradition of French players with, I am sure, great successes to the key. He will know how to ensure the good atmosphere within the group. Moreover, they all speak more or less German and have the intention to speak fluently in this language as soon as possible. "
If the Bayern bench was recently occupied by a Spaniard (Guardiola) or an Italian (Ancelotti), he never had as a tenant a French technician. "When we enlist a coach, his style must match our playing philosophy, regardless of his nationality," says Hoeness. France has good coaches. It can happen one day. "