Allianz Arena 15.09.2018
Matchday 3 Day Day 0 It’s our 24: Corentin – Tolisso Bayern are in possession – and now: Tolisso, and again. GOOOAL! Oh la la, très chic! The World Cup winner has equalised! Corentin Tolisso. Boom, zack, 1-1! He follows up the rebound first time, doesn’t quite connect fully with his left foot, but it’s perfectly placed! Coco scores, just as he did last season. I had hoped it wasn’t so bad, but the pain was really bad. When the doctor came to the pitch and I stood up, I thought: ‘ok, Coco, you’re in pain but you’re not completely broken.’ Then in the changing room, the doctor examined me and said: ‘Coco, there’s a 99% chance you’ve done your cruciate ligament.’ I was really frustrated. FC Bayern training ground When it became clear that the injury was worse, I only had one thought: ‘I want to have surgery immediately and then begin my rehabilitation.’ Day 78 That was really tough for me. I could see my teammates on the pitch every day. It was hard, but at the same time it was also my biggest motivation. I wanted to be training with them again, fighting and laughing with them. Welcome back! Thanks. Super! So you shoot with the left and on the other side with the right? I wanted to fly with the team to Doha, but you can’t make that decision alone. I spoke to the doctor and our physio about how feasible it was. They all said: ‘Okay, Coco. You can fly!’ I was really happy about that. Training camp in Doha, Qatar Day 110 The gym. So, let’s go! Let’s go! Let’s go, let’s go! Yeah! Yeah! Better! Day 137 He’s back! He’s back! Super! Let’s go! Servus! – Servus! Hi! – Bonjour, ça va? – Ça va bien! Rasen (grass)! – Rasen? – Rasen! Carry on alone! Coco, great to see you out on the pitch! Four months, five months… inside! I’m very, very happy! I’m very happy! There’s no pain. Not too quickly! Watch out for… But keep the pace slow! Move – exactly! Nice and slowly! Slowly, slowly, slowly, slowly! Come back slowly! This is all recovery. Speed through – two at a time! Other foot! Yes! Make really small steps here! Yes, that’s good! No risks. Keep it slow! Yes, that’s good! Perfect! That’s really good! Great pace! Massage room, Säbener Straße Day 143 I never had any motivation issues, I’m a footballer! This is my life: I always want to play. It was hard to accept that I couldn’t play. Is it working now? – Yes, that’s ok. Aaah, good! – Aaah, good! It was hard for me to watch the games. If the team won, I wasn’t there on the pitch to celebrate with them. If they had problems, I wasn’t there on the pitch to help them. Both games against Liverpool were horrible for me. Unfortunately we’re staying here. I would love to go… you too, right? I’m staying here? I would be happy if we both travelled to Liverpool. Anfield! Anfield Road! I’ve never been – have you? Have you been to the stadium? No! Me neither! Day Day 186 I was so, so, so happy! The first training was perfect for me. It had been so long since I trained with the team, so it was an important, emotional day for me. At the start I was obviously a little more careful. I wasn’t doing any positional work, just warming up and passing drills. Each day I became more and more confident. Back home, Corentin Tolisso! I was always, always motivated. I had one goal: I wanted to be back on the pitch soon. Day 215 So many times I thought about my return to the pitch at the Allianz Arena – with the fans, the lads, my family in the stands. Everyone helped me a lot, but especially King. He spoke to me a lot and gave me a lot of courage. That was really important and good for me. My family were also a great help. It was also a difficult time for them, but they were always there for me. In times like these, you realise as a player who you can and can’t rely on. Day 251 Mia san mia! Here is the starting XI of the German record champions. In goal, our number one: Manuel – Neuer… our 24: Corentin – Tolisso! Javi Martínez is making way and now a wonderful moment, as Coco is coming on. Corentin Tolisso – everyone knows the story of his cruciate ligament. He missed almost the entire season, but he’s fought hard and worked his way back – now he is coming into the game. I never thought I would comeback in a cup final, but I was ready. It was an important game and I hadn’t played before then, but I was focused. When the coach said, ‘Come on Coco, come on.’ I was shocked at first, but immediately 100% focused. It was a perfect moment for me. The most important thing is now playing a whole season without injury, winning every title available and, of course, getting back in the national team. Fun! I want to have fun with the team and our fans.