Munich (dpa) – Joshua Kimmich strolled to the photo shoot of the two proud Bayern young stars and naturally had the Supercup handed over to him.
After all, Alphonso Davies and Joshua Zirkzee were allowed to pose at the side of the Munich mentality crack with the fifth trophy of this year, which Bayern owed Kimmich’s winning goal. “We fought for the pot, even if it wasn’t our best game,” said the 25-year-old match winner after the 3-2 win against Borussia Dortmund.
Successful coach Hansi Flick was very satisfied with the reaction of his ensemble, which was still not very lavishly occupied shortly before the end of the transfer, three days after the 1: 4 frustration at Hoffenheim. There was an extra pat on the back for Kimmich – and big words. “Joshua Kimmich has a very special mentality, enormous qualities. That is why he is on the right track to be one of the players who shape this club. Compliments,” said Flick, praising the national soccer player.
The proven forces like Kimmich or Manuel Neuer with strong parades had directed it against BVB. The 55-year-old left it open on Wednesday evening whether there would be more additions as new staff in the transfer period, which lasted until Monday. When asked about the Hoffenheim double goal scorer Andrej Kramarić, who is traded as a top entry, Flick did not position himself clearly.
“I know him very well, he is one of the best players in the Bundesliga,” said Flick in general. “Let’s just wait, it won’t be long until October 5th. I’ll be surprised too.” Right-back Sergiño Dest (Ajax Amsterdam), winger Thomas Lemar (Atlético Madrid) or Mario Götze (without a club) are other rumors. The truth of the matter will be revealed in a few days.
The people of Munich agree that the squad needs to be increased for the many tasks. As in the previous season, loan deals are also possible, when Bayern lured Philippe Coutinho, Ivan Perisic and Álvaro Odriozola to Säbener Straße.
Kimmich, who finished ninth and one place ahead of Cristiano Ronaldo in the election for “Europe’s Footballer of the Year”, is currently feeling fit. But the long-running hit also pointed almost in the same breath to the coming hardships with ongoing English weeks. “What is in store for us will be hard. We will see how we can put it away,” said Kimmich.
Again Kimmich slipped into the role of BVB fright, was like four months ago with 1-0 as a groundbreaking step towards the championship title of the winning goal scorer. At that time he cheered after a soulful lob from a distance. This time he scored the last goal in the referee era of Bibiana Steinhaus in the fall and in the second attempt with great sophistication. Unlike the 8-0 win against FC Schalke, the bosses cheered with enthusiasm in the stands with distance and mask.
For Dortmund it was no consolation that after the recent bad Munich record of 0: 6, 0: 5 and 0: 4 this time at least they only just lost. “In the end, it is also a quality of the Munich team if you have a chance to make it in the second half,” said Julian Brandt. “You don’t get that many hundred percent chances to score against Bayern. One of them has to sit.” The importance of the game could also be seen from the fact that coach Lucien Favre took the strong Erling Haaland off the field when the score was 2-2, as well as Marco Reus and Brandt.
Until they meet again in the league, Favre’s team has time to work on the punch that characterizes the Munich team in their pursuit of titles. Championship, DFB Cup, Champions League, Supercup in Europe and Germany – all that’s missing is the Club World Cup. “I think our players want that,” said Flick and revealed that after the final whistle the club World Cup was still to be discussed. “You have to find an appointment, which is certainly not that easy.”