Didier Deschamps paid tribute to Kingsley Coman after scoring his first goals for France in over three years during Saturday’s 4-1 win.
It’s not been an easy ride for Coman in the last few years after suffering a terrible bout of injuries. Ankle, back, ligament tear and joint problems are just some of them he’s had to deal with.
The 23-year-old even considered hanging up his boots for good last December following another injury setback.
But Coman appears to have finally seen the back of his woes, and he’s even started in all five of Bayern Munich’s games this season. It led Deschamps to award him a well-earned recall to the France squad.
And the former Paris Saint-Germain winger repaid his boss in the best way possible by scoring two goals. They were his first goals for Les Bleus since March 2016 against Russia.
He also looked sharp throughout the Euro 2020 qualifier against Albania, with his clever movement and brilliant pace giving the visitors a real headache.
“It’s been a while since he’s with us. He was there before the Euros [in 2016] and before, younger,” said Deschamps on L’Equipe.
“His match is more like what he has been doing for a year with Bayern Munich. He is more attracted to the goal and decisive.
“He always had this ability to destabilise the opponent … it’s nice to see him on such a level.”
Olivier Giroud and debutant Jonathan Ikone joined Coman on the scorer’s list for France on Saturday. However, Antoine Griezmann couldn’t join in after missing a penalty in Paris.
Nevertheless, Deschamps’ side remain top of Group H on goal difference as they’re tied with Turkey and Iceland on 12 points.
The world champions will now prepare to host bottom-placed side Andorra in Paris for another Euro 2020 qualifier on Tuesday.
France 4-1 Albania FT:
Kingsley Coman brace helps Les Bleus move to the top of Group H. pic.twitter.com/30MH1UpToM
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