The scene took place on December 21 during the last game of the year for Bayern Munich. At the hour of play, Benjamin Pavard walked the entire lawn of the Allianz-Arena to tackle and recover a ball from the feet of a VfL Wolfsburg striker in his own camp. This riot of energy raised the 75,000 spectators of the enclosure and earned the world champion loud applause. A way, in a way, to greet the first six impressive months of the former Lille in Bavaria.
Recruited for 35 million euros in the summer of 2019, coming from VfB Stuttgart, the 23-year-old international (27 caps) was the most used field player among the rich Munich workforce. The numbers are slamming. Except for the trip to Mönchengladbach, where he remained on the bench, he played all of the other 16 Bundesliga games and 6 Champions League games. Insatiable, he also took part in the two rounds of the German Cup. “Most people imagined me waxing the bench at Bayern. In Stuttgart, we didn’t watch my matches, just the scores, and they judged me on that, he observed soberly. I continue, the stats are there but we must not get excited. “
The replacement, in mid-November, of Niko Kovac by Hans-Dieter Flick had in any case had no effect on his playing time. “Benji always gives his best and he is very disciplined, welcomes the technician German confirmed at his post until the end of the season. Its versatility is also precious. “
Goals that look like him
When his four compatriots are either injured (Lucas Hernandez, Kingsley Coman, Mickael Cuisance), or sometimes relegated to the substitutes’ bench (Corentin Tolisso), he plays almost every three days, without feeling any real physical backlash. Sometimes right side, sometimes central defender, he likes to come and bring the excess and rush into the spaces rather numerous in the championship.
He even scored two splendid goals, each time in front of his audience. The first, a magnificent volley volley against Mainz, even presented similarities to the one against Argentina (4-3) in the knockout stages of the World Cup. The second, a beautiful clear half-volley executed at the entrance to the surface, had left no chance for the Union Berlin goalkeeper.
However, in terms of his defensive behavior, his room for improvement remains significant. “Bayern is the ideal club for reaching new levels,” he believes. Here, I train every day with several of the best players in the world and the level of training is very high. Very discreet in the German press, he continues on his way, while cherishing the ambition to enrich, next spring, a track record still virgin club.
“I came here to win as many titles as possible,” he notes. We are racing on all three fronts and the second half of the season promises to be exciting. He will then be free to turn his eyes full of lust towards the Euro where he has already checked the date of June 16: that day, he will challenge Germany at … the Allianz-Arena.