Bayern Munich's Kingsley Coman has described his former Bayern Munich boss Pep Guardiola as "the best coach" a winger can have.
Coman was brought to Bavaria, initially on a loan from Juventus, when Guardiola was in charge of Bayern in 2015 and became a key part of the Bundesliga and DFB-Pokal double-winning team in his first campaign.
The France international has worked with some of the game's leading coaches - including Didier Deschamps, Massimiliano Allegri, Jupp Heynckes, Carlo Ancelotti and Laurent Blanc - yet the 23-year-old identified Guardiola as the one who has had the most profound effect on his career.
"I would say Guardiola," Coman told Eurosport .
"He is the one who made me start playing a little more regularly even if I had played a few matches at Juve.
"For a player in my position, a winger who likes to hit and provoke, he is the best coach we can have because that is what demands us the most.
"He creates systems to have one-on-one situations and it's the system where I can flourish the most.
"He didn't ask me to have stats. He just asked me to take, hit and centre. And that was what I appreciated very much."
Injuries have blighted Coman's career in recent years and he only returned in February from a two-month absence due to a knee problem.
A thigh injury then meant Coman missed Bayern's three games before its campaign was halted by the suspension of competitions due to the spread of coronavirus.
The Bundesliga is eyeing a return to action in early May and Bayern's players were back training in small groups this week, much to Coman's delight.
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"We had not touched a ball on a football pitch for almost a month and even if we're split in small groups it's a pleasure to play again and step onto a field that has goals," Coman said.
"We're doing technical work, at a safe distance from each other. It's a bit like the end of the close season when you resume training individually."
Bayern is top of the Bundesliga and beat Chelsea 3-0 in the first leg of its Champions League last-16 clash.
"We work, we work, and I hope we can finish the season otherwise all that work will have been for nothing," Coman added.
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