Joshua Kimmich is probably being questioned internally and externally at FC Bayern and in the national team these days. Meanwhile, there could be movement in the goalkeeping coach position again. The news and rumors from Munich.
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FC Bayern, rumor: Lothar Matthäus sharply criticizes Joshua Kimmich
At FC Bayern, some things and players are being questioned after the mixed 2022/23 season. Joshua Kimmich is one of the people who should be particularly in focus.
sports picture reports that Kimmich, his achievements and his appearance within the team and on the field have been a big topic among those responsible in recent weeks. A major point of criticism is said to have been that his respective partners on the double six no longer showed their usual performance because they had to work for Kimmich.
Lothar Matthäus is quoted in this context as saying: “The people living next to him have recently been constantly getting worse: it doesn’t matter whether it’s Goretzka, Sabitzer or Gravenberch. Because they had to do unfamiliar work for Kimmich.”
In addition, his sometimes exaggerated gestures on the pitch and his sometimes aggressive criticism of teammates in TV interviews should have been a topic. However, Thomas Tuchel should still see him as the most important outfield player, even if – this has been circulating for a long time – a transfer from the six to the eight including a new defensive six is being considered.
Meanwhile, Kimmich should not be undisputed among teammates, both at Bayern and in the national team. “I still see Joshua Kimmich as the absolute leader. But he has to take a step back! From time to time he overdoes it with his announcements, with his gestures,” explained Matthäus. “That can often get on the nerves of other players.”
From Matthäus’ point of view, one problem is that Kimmich “sometimes” wants too much on the pitch “and thus not only harms himself – but also his colleagues”.
FC Bayern, News: Mario Basler attacks Joshua Kimmich again
Joshua Kimmich is currently facing criticism from many directions. Ex-Bayern player Mario Basler, for example, has once again criticized him after he accused him of acting “like a small child” just a few weeks ago.
In his podcast “Basler ballert”, the former midfielder first counted on national coach Hansi Flick – “it’s slowly about his job” – before he once again devoted himself to Kimmich. According to Basler, Kimmich may be the core of the problem. “Perhaps” Kimmich is a “stumbling block”.
Basler explained the thesis as follows: “I just think that the players next to him are inhibited, afraid of Kimmich when he plays.”
Basler followed up: “Unfortunately, he’ll probably stay at Bayern and then I’ll have to keep doing it with him.” Basler added: “And we will continue to criticize him until he finally plays what he can and what he should do for the club or national team.” Because then Kimmich would be “a very important player”.
Basler, on the other hand, thinks Manchester City’s captain Ilkay Gündogan is good, as he explained: “For me, Gündogan is a leading player because he also works a lot defensively, who I think is much better at football than Kimmich and who knows what he’s doing on the pitch task.”
FC Bayern, rumour: Two goalkeeping coaches rather unlikely
A personal item that has been back on the agenda for a few days is probably that of the goalkeeping coach. After the release of new buddy Toni Tapalovic, ex-Hoffenheimer Michaelrechner took over. But does it stay that way?
As sky notes, Tapalovic is still on Munich’s payroll, so a return would basically only be a formality. But what then becomes of the computer? According to sky, a double solution with a computer, which Nagelsmann requested, and Tapalovic is very unlikely.
A final decision will probably only be made when Manuel Neuer is back on the pitch and it has been decided what will happen to Yann Sommer, for whom the signs are probably still goodbye, should Neuer be fit again at the start of the season.
FC Bayern, rumor: Striker remains the top priority
The very likely collapsed transfer of Declan Rice to Munich means that a center forward should be brought in again. That reports sky.
One of the names to be at the top of the list remains Frankfurt’s Randal Kolo Muani. And as sky reports, those responsible for Eintracht do not intend to extend his contract with a larger salary increase. His gross salary is currently said to be less than 1.5 million euros.
Rather, one wants to look at the further development on the transfer market first.