Created on 22-10-2020 at 01:22 AM
Many would have been transported back to the high point of last season on Wednesday evening. A cross from Joshua Kimmich, into Kingsley Coman for the opening goal. He might have taken the goal against PSG in the final of last season's Champions League with his head, whereas this time he timed his run perfectly before firing past the keeper into the bottom corner, but that doesn't reduce the important of his strike in Bayern's opening group game against Atlético Madrid.
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Coman had also scored Bayern's most recent goal in Europe's elite club competition following a Kimmich cross: the goal in the Champions League final against PSG.
After an aggressive start from the visitors, it was Coman who steered the game in the right direction with his strong performance. In addition to his opening goal, the French winger set up another goal for team-mate Leon Goretzka and rounded the score with the final goal with a fantastic solo effort. "I scored two goals, that makes me very happy," said the man of the evening, before thanking the man who played him in spectacularly for the 1-0 lead: "Joshua's pass was perfect!"
Just like last year: Coman scores Bayern's first goal
Coman admitted that it reminded him a little of his goal in the final barely two months ago, but did not want to reminisce for too long: "Now it's a new Champions League campaign. We want to keep on winning," the 24-year-old explained, whose first ever brace in the competition played a major part in Bayern starting a Champions League campaign with a victory for the 17th year running. In fact, just like last season, when Coman had opened the scoring in a 3-0 win over Red Star Belgrade.
But it is Coman’s second goal against Atlético that will likely make the season's highlight reel. Following a deft Thomas Müller pass, the France international took on a number of Madrid defenders and was unstoppable. “He’s an exceptional footballer, one of our most important players in one-on-one situations,” said Leon Goretzka: “He scored, and then he did that solo slalom run. He showed all his class,” said the Germany international, who had also scored Bayern’s second goal on the night.
Praise from Flick
Bayern want Coman to build on his performance. “I told him, that’s your benchmark for the next few games,” coach Hansi Flick said with a wry smile. “Kingsley scored three goals in the last two Champions League matches, so his rate is good. We’ll all be pleased if the can keep this up.”
fcbayern.com has compiled quotes from the 4-0 victory over Atlético: