Kingsley Coman has admitted he is scared of heading goals – a move which won Bayern Munich the Champions League final against Paris Saint-Germain last season.
The French winger scored a vital goal to lead Bayern to their sixth European Cup and a historic treble under Hansi Flick.
However, Coman has revealed that he is not a fan of the method that helped his team to glory.
“I’m scared when I get headers and I always close my eyes,” he told BILD. “My teammates joke about that.”
He also went on to reveal that while practising headers in training on the day before the Champions League final, he struck out in all his attempts.
Coman added, “The day before the game, I didn’t turn a single header”.
But when the moment came, the former PSG man was in position and scored the only goal that saw Bayern lift the coveted CL trophy.
Earlier in the year, he admitted his fear in an interview with the official UEFA website. He stated, “I’m always afraid of heading. Always.
“The fear hasn’t gone. You can also see it in pictures. I close my eyes when I head the ball.
“It’s instinctive, it’s a natural reflex. I always try to keep my eyes open, but at the last moment I always have this reflex.”
Coman picked up a muscle injury during the win over Bayer Leverkusen, and has been struggling to return to fitness before the New Year’s fixtures kick-off.
However, according to AZ, Bayern returned to training this week, but Tanguy Nianzou and Coman were missing in action.
The report adds that while his absence is largely precautionary, it does mean that he may be sidelined on Sunday against Mainz.