Cuisance has to wait a long time for his chance at Bayern. At the end of the season he made an exclamation mark – and received a special praise from the coach.
Doha, Qatar, at the beginning of January this year: FC Bayern have gone to the Emirate of the Persian Gulf for the tenth time, the players are sweating under the Arabian sun and preparing meticulously for the second half of the season. Michael Cuisance, for whom Munich transferred more than ten million euros to Borussia Mönchengladbach in the summer, is also part of the party.
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The Frenchman is at least physically present, he doesn’t seem to have any real ties to the team. During the numerous game forms that are completed in the second training session, which is accessible to the media, his skills sometimes flash, but mostly the 20-year-old appears a little listless, phlegmatic and creeps across the square from time to time with his head down.
Cuisance does not impose itself, Flick remains optimistic
Cuisance, which has only played 30 minutes in 17 Bundesliga games to date, does not give the impression of wanting to be a big push. Coach Hansi Flick, however, gives the diplomat with a view of the international.
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“Micka is very good on the ball and has a great understanding of the game,” says the FCB coach when he is asked in a small press round about the development of the youngster. Cuisance was unlucky at the end of the first half of the season. “Otherwise he would have won more bets.” In general, the midfielder “can keep up very well in training. We will watch it.” Flick kept his word.
The first complete half for Bayern professionals
Around six months after the training camp in Qatar, Cuisance’s situation with the German record champions has changed for the better. In the home game against Fortuna Dusseldorf on match day 29, Bayern’s number eleven was allowed to run a full half for the first time. 45 minutes in which he could show and wanted him to have the qualities necessary to gain a foothold in the Bundesliga.
Cuisance dared to do a lot, often going one-on-one, but in one or the other situation he overturned, so that in the end there was an appearance with light and shadow. Nevertheless: In terms of body language, there were worlds between the training ground in Doha and the empty Allianz Arena.
Hansi Flick: “That was the reward”
“That was the reward for his very, very good training performance in the past weeks and months,” Flick said at the time when asked by goal and SPOX . He added: “He has had a positive development, so we decided that he would play longer today. In my opinion, he did very well.” The native of Strasbourg apparently followed up on the “very, very good training performance”, making his debut in the starting eleven just two weeks later.
Of all things against the ex-club, where you didn’t speak very well on the left foot after Cuisance’s departure. For example, new coach Marco Rose, who claims he would have liked to work with Cuisance, said: “I had the impression that Borussia had become too small for him as a club, but he will not show some behaviors with his new club . ”
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Sports director Max Eberl was not very understanding of the move: “That surprised me, but it is not my decision-making. A young player has to play and I think Bayern have an excellent squad. It will be for a boy Players no easier to play than ours. ”
In the duel with the foals, Cuisance showed a committed performance, especially in the first round, and was directly involved in four shots on goal. After the change of sides, however, he dived a little.
Praise from ex-trainer Marco Rose
Rose gave praise anyway: “It is of course something special to play at Bayern, for such a young player, he took a beating, he tried to do his job, he was hardworking, he walked a lot,” said the 43-year-old after the game and added: “I think it was a decent starting debut. I wish the boy all the best and hope that he stays healthy and has a good career.”
Conciliatory words from the old homeland before his new trainer soberly justified the starting eleven assignment: “I was satisfied with him and am generally satisfied with his development,” said Flick. “He shows in training that he has the quality.” After Cuisance had hit the bank again at the Munich masterpiece in Bremen, he started again in the last home game against SC Freiburg, which was not very sporty, and started the 3-1 final score with a remarkable dribbling.
Michael Cuisance replaces Kimmich – and hits dreamily
At the season finale in Wolfsburg, he found himself again on the starting grid. Because Joshua Kimmich was ordered to take a break after 15 Bundesliga games in a row, Cuisance acted alongside Leon Goretzka in the central midfield – and showed his best game in FCB dress by 4-0 in Lower Saxony. After a somewhat nervous start, he increased with every minute and found a healthy balance between dribbling and passing.
He then provided the highlight of the encounter in the 37th minute when he processed a pass from Kingsley Coman, put the ball on the strong left and gently rolled it from around 20 meters into the corner of the opposing goal. 20 minutes before the end of the game, he had wolf captain Joshua Guilavogui skillfully disembarked in the penalty area, where he could only help himself with a foul and consequently saw the yellow-red card. Robert Lewandowski converted the due penalty in the usual ice-cold manner.
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Cuisance bribed against Lower Saxony not only on the offensive, with 19 duels (source: Opta ) he led by far the most direct duels on the side of Bayern, almost half of which he decided for himself. Cuisance also knew how to please with anticipation skills. No Munich player recorded more intercepted balls (2) than he.
That he, who had flown out of the third division starting line-up in November by amateur coach Sebastian Hoeneß due to arriving too late at the meeting point, has now shown up three times from the start for the first team and certainly demonstrated his qualities, is closely related to one Ripening process together. A maturation process that is not only football, but also mental in nature.
Hansi Flick: “Now he’s with the necessary mentality on the job”
“He deserved this because he worked very, very well after Corona – also on his fitness. He has always proven that he is a great footballer,” said Flick at the press conference full of praise for the former permanent reserve. Flick further revealed: “Now he is also with the necessary mentality in the matter. We were all happy that he scored such a beautiful goal.”
But what does the shape curve increase mean for the future of Cuisances? During the week, news circulated from France that Olympique Marseille was interested in borrowing the promising talent. Flick, however, did not deal with the whole thing, as he put on record.
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He only said in this regard: “The player always decides how the path will continue. At the moment we are very satisfied.” Cuisance himself, who shared his bliss via social media, was also satisfied: “I am very happy about my title and about ending the season with my first professional goal,” he wrote, posting a photo of himself with the Master cup.
Emotions can be seen in the picture, joy and pride in what has been achieved. The phlegm that surrounded Cuisance six months ago in early January in Doha, Qatar, has given way. The future will show whether it will be a long-term farewell to the unpleasant companion.