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Joshua Kimmich on Nagelsmann-Aus at Bayern: “Little love, little heart”



Joshua Kimmich, Julian Nagelsmann

Joshua Kimmich and Leon Goretzka commented on the dismissal of Bayern coach Julian Nagelsmann during the DFB-Elf friendly against Peru.

“Of course it’s strange. At the end of the day, that’s how business is. Little love, little heart,” said Kimmich after Germany’s 2-0 victory, when asked about the change of coach at Bayern. “We have to learn to deal with it and live with the decision.”

Kimmich also went to court with the team. “At the end of the day, of course, when there’s a change of coach, it’s always disappointing because it means we players failed because we players didn’t consistently get the performance on the pitch. We didn’t manage to get good results A change of coach doesn’t happen otherwise,” said Kimmich.

The 28-year-old has no ideas about the new coach Thomas Tuchel. “I don’t know him like that yet.”

Teammate Goretzka made a similar statement. “I would be lying if the last few days hadn’t affected us too. It’s always extreme in this business, how quickly something like this can happen. That’s why, of course, the last few days have left their mark on us, I think.” said the Bayern midfielder after the final whistle.

FC Bayern: Goretzka personally met by Nagelsmann-Aus

Nagelsmann’s dismissal is also personal to him: “We have also maintained a very close relationship with Julian and we have also spent the last few years with him. Nine months. I’ve probably seen him more often than my family. And if someone like that suddenly no longer there, out of nowhere more or less, then of course it’s a shock for everyone.”

Goretzka did not want to confirm Hasan Salihamidzic’s hints that Nagelsmann was no longer in control of the dressing room. “I would be stupid if I were to contradict my boss now. So, personally, I certainly didn’t have any rifts with Julian, but I don’t know how it was with other players.”

Nevertheless, you have to look ahead to the German record champions: “We have to trust our club managers to do the best for our club. That’s how it is in football. We have to deal with it professionally,” said Goretzka.

Kimmich then made a similar statement to reporters in the mixed zone: “The coach didn’t lose the dressing room! I’ve already been through a few coach changes and it wasn’t as if it was indicated internally or the players were dissatisfied,” said Kimmich and added : “We were surprised.”