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Tolisso: Bayern Munich new boys Lucas & Pavard will star

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Corentin Tolisso is confident that summer recruits Lucas Hernandez and Benjamin Pavard will bring a welcome dose of quality with them to Bayern Munich.

The defensive duo starred alongside Tolisso on route to France’s triumphant 2018 World Cup campaign, and will now hope to do more of the same at Bayern for next season.

Despite boasting a significantly better defensive record than Bundesliga title rivals Borussia Dortmund last term, Niko Kovac’s side needed new centre-backs with regulars like Mats Hummels and Jerome Boateng entering their thirties.

Therefore, Bayern spared no expense in recruiting new defenders back in January. First of all, they signed Pavard from VfB Stuttgart for €35m before completing a club-record deal of €80m to bring Lucas over from Atletico.

When asked on if influenced his France team-mates to join Bayern, Tolisso told the club’s website: “It wasn’t difficult. I spoke to the two of them a bit beforehand.

“They wanted to know about the club and the atmosphere in the team. I told them they’d definitely be happy here.

“We’ve got so many great players. Even in training, everybody knows what they have to do and we all get stuck in. Of course, I advised them to come. Bayern are a big club.”

On how he would describe them, Tolisso added: “Lucas is a bit crazy. He plays lots of pranks and laughs a lot. But when he’s on the pitch: wow.

“He’s a fighter and always gives 100 per cent. Benjamin is a bit calmer but he works very hard. He brings a lot of power with him when he plays. They’ll both contribute a lot of quality to our team.”

Pavard featured for Bayern on Thursday morning’s 2-1 International Champions Cup defeat to Arsenal in the United States. Lucas, meanwhile, continues to work on his recovery from a long-term ligament injury.

MUNICH, GERMANY – JULY 12: Benjamin Pavard (l-r), Kingsley Coman and Corentin Tolisso of Bayern Munich run during a training session on July 12, 2019 in Munich, Germany. (Photo by Sebastian Widmann/Bongarts/Getty Images)