Status: 21.09.2023, 04:51 a.m.
By: Jannek Ringen
At the weekend, the substitution of Joshua Kimmich caused a stir. Lothar Matthäus is now taking Bayern coach Thomas Tuchel to task.
Munich – Although the start of the season has been satisfactory with ten points from four games, there seems to be some tension internally at FC Bayern. Bayern coach Thomas Tuchel is not really happy with the transfer policy of the summer. In addition, the substitution of Joshua Kimmich at the weekend caused additional confusion.
|Born:||8 February 1995 (age 28 years), Rottweil|
|Previous clubs:||VfB Stuttgart, RB Leipzig, FC Bayern Munich|
|Matches for FC Bayern (goals):||352 (40)|
Matthäus breaks lance for Kimmich – and asks Tuchel the big Bayern question
In the past transfer period, Tuchel repeatedly called for a "Holding Six". On deadline day, it looked as if FC Bayern's transfer task force could fulfil the 50-year-old's wish and steer Joao Palhinha into the Bundesliga. But the deal with Fulham FC fell through at the last second, as the Londoners could not find a replacement.
Lothar Matthäus could understand Tuchel's wishful thinking. At the same time, however, the Sky expert also asks the big Bayern question – assuming that one day a new six-man comes along: "What does he want to do with Kimmich then?" Kimmich is not an eighth like Goretzka and not a ten like Musiala or Müller. "You have to use him effectively according to his strengths, on the six or on the two," explained the record international in his Sky column.
The substitution of Joshua Kimmich against Bayer Leverkusen caused discussions. © IMAGO / Sven Simon
Causa Kimmich: Matthäus sees Thomas Tuchel as having a duty
The 1990 World Cup winner sees Bayern coach Tuchel as having a duty in the Kimmich case. Kimmich "perhaps interprets the six-man position differently than Thomas Tuchel would like. He's not the type of Javi Martinez, but as long as I don't have or got someone else, I have to make Kimmich strong as a coach," said the 60-year-old, backing the international.
It is now up to his coach to give the player confidence again, because the 28-year-old has proven his class at FC Bayern. "As a coach, you lose your player if you don't trust him anymore," Matthäus stressed, pleading for Kimmich to be strengthened.
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Kimmich substitution causes irritation for many
The substitution of Joshua Kimmich in the game against Bayer Leverkusen caused a lot of confusion on Friday evening. After 61 minutes of play, it was over for the midfielder in the top game. "The substitution was the icing on the cake of the whole story that has haunted him over the past few months. Such stories are nice for the media, but one that Bayern Munich doesn't need," Matthäus underlined.
Even the respective statements of Tuchel and Kimmich did not really speak a language. Tuchel pointed out that Kimmich struggled with muscular problems during the international break and would not have been able to play more than 60 minutes. When he was asked about his substitution after the game, his answer was curt: "Ask the coach!" (jari)