Can Kimmich now also become Bavaria’s midfield boss?

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The final whistle had only just sounded, the sting of disappointment was deep after a strong performance of the German national team in general and an even stronger performance of Joshua Kimmich in particular, when the Bavarian player ran across the grass, thanked the fans – and suddenly became really angry. He stretched his thumb in the air, gesticulated in the direction of a small group, which presented a banner with the inscription “Finally 2nd League DFB! Manuel Neuer had to reassure his teammate”.

Kimmich’s frustration was immense. But the reason was actually positive. The 23-year-old had shown a huge performance in the defensive midfield – instead of FC Bayern in the right-back position – was the leader of a rejuvenated and courageous playing German team, which would have deserved more than the narrow and unfortunate 1:2 defeat. Kimmich (BILD grade 2) was biting in the duel, strong in the game structure – and with clear announcements also spokesman within the team.

Kimmich did not belong to the 2014 World Champions, he is part of a new generation that stands for the upheaval after the unsuccessful 2018 World Cup. The Bayern player seems to be predestined to play the leading role in this rejuvenated DFB selection, with a clear game and equally clear statements.

Before the game in France he honestly admitted in the “Kicker”: “At the moment it’s a serious problem, not one we can solve overnight”. And he’s already cautiously making demands, and after his bankruptcy against Holland, he publicly supported Leroy Sané’s use as a starting eleven: “You’ve seen the quality of Leroy, that he can be an absolute difference player and that his speed is absolutely good for us”. If you are looking for loads of bonuses and promotions always the ones to go for and Bingo Besties has tonnes of these!

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High performer Kimmich – In 2015 he came to FC Bayern for 8.5 million euros after strong performances for RB Leipzig via VfB Stuttgart. Coach Pep Guardiola became the biggest supporter of the 1.76-metre defensive all-rounder, gave the youngster 23 league appearances in his first season with the record champion, in the second half he was usually part of the starting eleven – usually as central defender. In the 2016/17 season, Kimmich then played under coach Carlo Ancelotti mainly in the defensive and central midfield. After Philipp Lahm’s career ended, he took over Bayern’s right-back position.

Kimmich also performs well there, but he makes no secret of the fact that he prefers to play in midfield. For Bayern coach Niko Kovac this is currently not an option. Recently he said: “I talked to him and said that he did it extraordinarily well. But we already have a lot of players in midfield.” And only a few nominal backs. Apart from Kimmich, only Rafinha and David Alaba play in the back positions. In midfield, the selection for the German champions is much bigger – with players like Javi Martinez, Thiago Alcantara, Corentin Tolisso, Renato Sanches or Leon Goretzka.

“Josh has done this very well in his position so far. I don’t see any need at all for us to change,” said Kovac. The current injury situation and the squad composition doesn’t allow anything else. FC Bayern and Niko Kovac lack the alternatives, especially on the defensive outer positions.