His children helped World Cup patient Joshua Kimmich out of the tournament depression. “Honestly, I didn’t fall into a hole, it’s thanks to my three children,” said the Bayern Munich professional on Wednesday in a good mood at the German record champions’ training camp in Qatar.
After the repeated elimination of the preliminary round, the 27-year-old still feared a “hole” and spoke of the “worst day of my career”. “It’s not something you can just forget or tick off,” he said now, “but the motivation to be back here is huge.”
Kimmich continues: “At the end of the day, football is a lot of fun. I’m very, very interested in football.” It’s no use “contending all the time about the missed opportunity”, he has “great goals” with Bayern nationally and internationally.
And with the national team, with which he failed twice in the preliminary round and once in the round of 16 in three major tournaments? “I just have to play until I’m 45,” said Kimmich and laughed.
Oliver Kahn is certain that the leading player will “bring top performances again” at FC Bayern and in the national team. “Joshua will go ahead and attack here as always. Getting even better after such experiences is what distinguishes the champion,” said the CEO of the sports picture.