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Capello: Coman is another Juventus mistake like Henry

Kingsley Coman, Thierry Henry, Juventus
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Fabio Capello slammed Juventus for repeating history in allowing Kingsley Coman to slip through their grasp like they once did with Thierry Henry.

While Juventus suffered a disappointing last-16 exit in the Champions League, Coman won the competition for the first time and did so in style.

The Bayern Munich winger headed in Joshua Kimmich’s cross before the hour-mark to seal a 1-0 win over Paris Saint-Germain, another team he also used to represent, in Lisbon on Sunday night.

Watching him lift the Champions League trophy, one that’s eluded Juventus for over two decades, will have been a sore sight for the Bianconeri board. Especially as they once had him in their grasp.

Coman joined Juventus in 2014 from PSG, but he only spent one season in Turin before joining Bayern on loan. The move was made permanent in 2017, with the Frenchman still impressing to this day.

And as Capello pointed out, it shares similar traits to Thierry Henry who developed into a world-class talent after ending a brief stay at Juve for Arsenal in 1999.

“Coman is considered good enough to start in a Champions League final for Bayern Munich,” the former Bianconeri boss told Sky Sport Italia.

“Evidently, Juventus keep repeating the same mistakes. Henry arrived so young at Juventus, they let him go and then he flourished at Arsenal.

“Coman is following a similar path now in Munich. When you see quality, you must have the patience to wait. You cannot expect a young player to immediately be a protagonist at the highest level.”