Bayern Munich’s record transfer signing Corentin Tolisso says Franck Ribery and Thiago Alcantara are his most impressive teammates.
This past summer Bayern Munich broke their transfer record fee with the signing of a 22-year-old midfielder from French club Lyon. That midfielder is Bayern’s new number 24, Corentin Tolisso. Since joining the Bavarian giants, Coco has had no trouble settling into his new squad.
He showed signs of his capabilities in pre-season, before making an astounding Bundesliga debut in Bayern’s opener against Leverkusen. The Frenchman marauded around the midfield and even bagged his first competitive goal in Munich.
Having now spent a few months getting to know his new teammates, Tolisso has shared which ones impressed him the most upon his arrival in Bavaria. You might expect the young midfielder to mention Bayern’s high-flying goal scorer Robert Lewandowski. Or perhaps he’ll give a shout-out to the best goalkeeper in the world, Manuel Neuer.
However, neither of those were mentioned in Tolisso’s interview with Sky Germany (via Squawka). When asked which of his Bayern Munich teammates impressed him the most, he responded:
“Difficult question because there are so many stars in Bavaria.
“Franck Ribery and Thiago Alcantara. Franck is the longest in the Bayern squad and what he does at the age of 34 is exemplary.
“He goes motivated into every training, heals himself completely and never gives up. I’ve never seen his combination of speed and technology a second time.
“And Thiago is someone who has an incomprehensible technical quality. With him, everything looks simple. They both impressed me.”
It’s no surprise really the two players Tolisso mentioned. Ribery may not be at his absolute best anymore, but he did finish in the top three of Ballon d’Or voting not too long ago.
Thiago just came off the best season of his career, firmly establishing himself as one of Europe’s world-class midfielders. It’s plain to see why a young midfielder like Tolisso would look upon his skills so highly.
Now that you know which teammate Coco Tolisso is most impressed by, let’s hear your thoughts on the matter. Who do you think is Bayern’s most impressive star? Arjen Robben? Joshua Kimmich? Thomas Muller? Let us know in the comments!