Bayern Munich: the unexpected resurrection of Corentin Tolisso

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At the end of the contract at the end of the season and in a complicated sporting situation a few weeks ago, Corentin Tolisso is in the process of completely changing his destiny at Bayern Munich. Excellent since the start of 2022, the Frenchman seems to have impressed the Rekordmeister staff. Very low until then, his chances of overtime are now increasingly strong.

Corentin Tolisso’s story at Bayern Munich seems to follow a cycle that repeats itself over and over again. He made a few disappointing matches then a goal that came out of nowhere managed to revive him. He then chained a few good matches before getting injured and leaving a lot of regrets on the side of the Bavarian fans. Capable of being an important player for the Rekordmeister, Corentin Tolisso showed that he had his place when he was at his best. The concern is his lack of continuity since his arrival in the summer of 2017. Arrived as the biggest transfer in the history of the German club, the former Lyonnais had quickly impressed before experiencing a small hollow under the orders of Jupp Heynckes. An encouraging first exercise at the end of which he won the World Cup with France. Since then, however, it has been much more complicated. Living an almost blank 2018/2019 exercise following a rupture of the cruciate ligament, he returned the following exercise. Showing encouraging things at times, he nevertheless had to taste the bench against the duo Joshua Kimmich – Leon Goretzka as well as the presence of Thiago Alcantara.

The latter left for Liverpool in the summer of 2020, the field was freer for Corentin Tolisso, but he could not find his place behind the German duo. Despite some good performances last season, he was questioned. One year from the end of his contract, Bayern Munich did not know what to do between selling him so as not to lose money, extending it or keeping him by taking the risk of seeing him leave for free. Remaining number 3 in the hierarchy and even reprimanded by the arrival of Marcel Sabitzer, Corentin Tolisso has once again experienced physical glitches this season. Since joining Bayern Munich, he has missed 87 games and his absence through injury amounts to 500 days. This year, he has only 15 matches on the clock for 3 goals and 3 offerings. However, the best part of Corentin Tolisso’s season is happening right now, at the best of times. Clearly not spared by his body so far and still missing 9 games due to injury or illness (56 days of unavailability), the native of Tarare is coming back in great shape.

He conquered Julian Nagelsmann

Taking advantage of the absences of Joshua Kimmich due to Covid-19 and more recently of Leon Goretzka due to injury, he managed very good matches against FC Barcelona (3-0) in the Champions League, but also in the Bundesliga against Borussia Dortmund. (3-2) or even against Mainz where he was decisive passer (2-1 victory). Against Cologne (4-1) and Hertha Berlin (4-1), he scored every time. In 15 games played this season, he participated in 14 Bavarian successes. His only defeat being the 5-0 Cup humiliation against Borussia Mönchengladbach where he returned with the score already closed. After his performance against Hertha Berlin where he scored a second goal disallowed for offside, his coach Julian Nagelsmann praised him at a press conference.

“Corentin Tolisso did not have an easy first part of the season. He had a few injuries and couldn’t play much. Then he had some playing time and did a good job both today and in the four games before Christmas. Just before Christmas he was injured, but before that he was good. Today he played like a number 10. He is a very dangerous player in front of goal, he was before arriving at Bayern Munich and he still is. He feels the blows well when he is close to the surface. He had a very big chance on the center of Serge (Gnabry editor’s note) where he could have scored a second goal. He also scored a goal which was offside, but which was technically very difficult to achieve. He played a very good game and he is a dangerous midfielder. Everyone knows his contractual situation. For the rest, I don’t want to comment.” explained the Bavarian technician. Very fan of the player, Julian Nagelsmann is in favor of his extension and this possibility has gained in thickness within the Bavarian board.

An extension is possible

Thus, the file that seemed closed would be changing course. According to Sport-Bild, the two parties would be getting closer over the last few days with the idea of ​​an extension in mind. If Denis Zakaria is targeted as his possible replacement, Corentin Tolisso is changing his destiny. Our colleague from Fussball Transfers In any case, Lukas Hörster believes that Corentin Tolisso’s contribution remains valuable for Bayern Munich: “Generally for me, Tolisso has very high level potential if you use him correctly, as a number 8, box-to-box. He has problems when he has to cover the ball with his back to the game and some Bayern coaches in the past have tried him in this number 6 role. Besides, he suffered a lot of injuries as you know. So he couldn’t aim for the starting XI in the longer term.”

According to him, keeping Corentin Tolisso is a good choice in terms of management since it would avoid spending unnecessary money on another player who will not necessarily provide more guarantees: “for Bayern he is an ideal replacement, especially for Goretzka, who often has minor physical problems, as a box-to-box as part of the double pivot. They are very similar types of players in my opinion. So if Tolisso likes this role as the team’s 12th or 13th player, it would be good for Bayern to keep him instead of letting him go for free and looking for a successor. And yes obviously they thought Sabitzer could be competition for Tolisso given his injury issues, but Sabitzer is having a really disappointing performance. Sentenced to leave, Corentin Tolisso now seems set to stay. It shows that everything is going very fast in football. It also proves that he must not stop there if he wants to remain a player for the Bavarian club.

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