After difficult months at Bayern Munich, Yann Sommer moved to Inter Milan. The national team’s goalkeeping coach, Patrick Folletti, says that the summer “suffered” in Munich.
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- Last winter, Yann Sommer moved from Gladbach to Munich, and won the championship title with Bayern, but he repeatedly found himself in the crosshairs of criticism.
- Following Nati coach Murat Yakin, Nati goalkeeping coach Patrick Voletti also commented on Sommer’s time at Bayern and said about how much criticism affected the goalkeeper.
- Six months later, Sommer left Bayern again and now plays for Inter Milan, where he did not concede a single goal in his first three matches.
Yann Sommer had to endure a lot of criticism during his six months at Bayern. However, the Bayern Munich goalkeeper bid a grateful farewell and spoke of an “unforgettable experience” and an “exciting journey.”
Things may not have gone quite so smoothly for Bayern in the summer. “Jan was dragged by mud ropes,” Murat Yakin recently told Sport 1. “He didn’t deserve it. He became a victim of a mechanism that only happens at Bayern,” coach Nati said.
Patrick Folletti, the national team’s goalkeeping coach, also has one Blake interview. He spoke in detail about Sommer’s time in Munich. Voletti describes Sommer’s performance at Bayern as “mixed”, but also wonders if he could have done better in this situation: “I doubt many players would have come out of the situation unscathed under those circumstances.”
“Yan staggered—but did not fall.”
He would have liked officials to provide more support to the guard. Ultimately, there was a lot of fire from various sides of the public and experts, and there was little defense of Sommer. “Jan was bruised and staggered, but he didn’t fall. Judging by all the hype, his performance was great,” says Voletti.
The goalkeeping coach has known Sommer for half a century and knows how much criticism affects the 34-year-old. “He suffered,” Folletti said. After all, Sommer faced headwinds for the first time in his career. “But thanks to his mental strength he managed to survive well.”
Well, the move to Serie A has now worked. Given that Foletti also allowed him to shine, losing the usual spot could have had consequences for the summer as well. “The basic rule is that the starting goalkeeper for the national team must play regularly for the club,” emphasizes Voletti.
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The question remains when the time will come for a change in Nati’s goal. “It’s not me or Yan who decides, it’s Mother Nature,” says the goalkeeping coach. However, Volleti had the right to make suggestions, and “most of the time, Mori, but also his predecessors, would eventually implement my suggestions.”
Gregor Kupil has been playing at world level for years and brings a lot of pressure. Is he also the next No. 1 appointee? Foletti: “Gregor is the goalkeeper currently closest to taking over Jan’s role due to his performance and presence. “He can’t rest on his laurels. With Omlin, Mvugu, then the younger Cohen, Lauritz and Keller, we have goalkeepers who match his potential.”
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