Kimmich under Kovac soon with a new role at Bayern?
As in the DFB team: Kimmich under Kovac soon with a new role at Bayern?
The squad planning for the season is completed, according to President Uli Hoeneß. The team showed in the first competitive games still a major flaw on which even new signing Philippe Coutinho can not fix - but Joshua Kimmich.
Bumpy season start for the German champion. After the defeat in the Supercup, there is only a 2: 2 for the Bundesliga opener against Hertha BSC. The biggest weakness of the Munich shows thereby on the 6-position.
It lacks a destroyer from the defense, a fighter and calf biter. Neither Thiago, nor Corentin Tolisso, Reanto Sanches or Leon Goretzka are these types of players. New signing Philippe Coutinho is also a man for the offensive. The Gladbach-born Mickael Cuisance is also a fine technician who is at home in the game.
Then there is Javi Martinez. The Spaniard could most likely take the role, but is prone to injury. He also lacks the speed in reverse when backing up.
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However, the club is no longer looking for a defensive strong six, as chief executive Karl-Heinz Rummenigge confirmed to the AZ: "Please understand, from next week Lucas Hernández will be available, he is now in top shape à la bonne heure, he's one of the best center-backs in the world for me. "
The result is the following planning: Hernández takes over the left-hand part in central defense alongside Niklas Süle. The second new on the defensive, Benjamin Pavard, moves onto the right-back. On the position he became world champion with France 2018. And Joshua Kimmich? He may finally play where he always wants to play: on the six!
In the DFB on the six set
The 24-year-old is already in the national team under Joachim Loew the position in the center and is as predestined for this role. Fine technique, dueling strength, outstanding overview and understanding of the game and - what is crucial - the absolute will and winning mentality. "He really has everything for this position," said ex-colleague Mats Hummels.
Kimmich himself would have no problem changing his position. On the contrary. The Six is his declared favorite position.
The only question left is: Can Niko Kovac and FC Bayern forgo the flanks of Kimmich as right-back?
So successful were Coutinho's predecessors at Bayern