Champions League: How Tangui Nianzhou managed to find his place at Bayern

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Joining Bayern Munich to join PSG-free party in 2020, Tanguy Kouassi (now called Nianzou) is finally getting play time with the Bavarian club, which this Tuesday (9 pm) will play in the quarter-finals of the league champions. Hosts in the final comeback. ,

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Tanguy Kouassi – or rather Tanguy Nianzou (19) the name he has worn on his jersey since 2020 – experienced for the first time in his youth career: he has played three games in a row in the shoes of a holder in the championship. Julian Nagelsmann, along with his compatriot Dayt Upamecano, pitted him in the central defense in the absence of the injured Niklas Sülle against Berlin, Freiburg and Augsburg. He also scored his first goal with the Bavarian colors against Berlin (4–0). This extends his playing time which is now a total of 14 games in all competitions this season.

He should not continue in the Champions League this Tuesday evening as Nagelsmann will line up Tolliers, who are accustomed to cutthroat matches on the European scene, as Villarreal will welcome in the second quarter, a week after the defeat in Spain ( 1- 0). expected in the Upacemacno-Hernandez pair axis. But in the event of a glitch or a tactical choice, the Nianzo would be a real choice on the bench.

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A novelty for him after a fragile first season, bitter after his departure, under the vengeful eyes of some PSG supporters. Like others before and after him, the Paris native actually refused to sign his first professional contract with his training club, preferring relegation to Germany in 2020. This angered the club and tormented then-coach Thomas Tuchel, who asked them to play 13 games. Only 17 years old.

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His first season was a long painful road with only six games played, serious injuries (ischios, tears) and Covid. While being dropped from the list of players to play in the group stage of the Champions League (he qualified for the quarter against PSG without appearing in the game…). But these sneaky starts didn’t discourage this trained defender, who is capable of developing in midfield. The French U20 international (he wore the captain’s armband during the previous gathering) has never regretted his choice to join Germany, where he is well accustomed, especially thanks to the large French diaspora in the workforce. (They are six with him). He posts messages in German on his social networks where his performance is praised by locker room executives such as Thomas Müller.

The impeccable Joshua Kimmich was also excited about the recent engagement of the two young Frenchmen. “Upa and Tanguy played well, they said after the win against Berlin. Putting these two behind them was pretty reassuring. They were both in hungry mode!” “Josh has often said that he likes to play with Tangi because he is incredibly aggressive, he pushed Nagelsmann. His winning mindset is extraordinary. He always had to eliminate a thing or two from his game. Then he can play a very good role.”

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A few weeks ago, the youth coach (34) had already praised his defender’s ability and highlighted these areas for improvement. “Tangi is a talent, he launched. Among defenders, reliability always takes priority over performance. He still has a little bit of it, it’s also because of his lack of rhythm. It’s always a little bit tricky. Openings, He has to take a little less risk (…) He has to be more reliable, and he’ll develop accordingly.”

The young German technician surrounds him, admires him and finds dire situations. “He has a great asset, it’s aggression, an absolute desire to defend,” he said. As a young player, an attacker. The transition from player to pros is probably a bit smoother, because that’s not the same boundary behind errors.” He hasn’t done any significant work this season and is finally fully launched in his new project. For which he is bound till 2024.

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