Charming emergency solution: Kimmich as a right-back at the World Cup?

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Kimmich is the right-back again against Schalke. An example of the World Cup? “Hansi can decide everything for herself.”Auf welcher Position wird Kimmich bei der WM spielen? (Archivbild)Auf welcher Position wird Kimmich bei der WM spielen? (Archivbild)

Munich – Next stop: Muscat. A few promotional shots are still pending for the German national players at the team hotel in Frankfurt am Main – and then it’s off into the sun, from the direction of the World Cup: a special plane will take the DFB train to the capital of Oman this Monday, where the landing is planned at just before midnight local time.

World Cup squad: Training camp in Oman

There, the team of national coach Hansi Flick awaits an elegant hotel right by the sea – and on Wednesday (18 o’clock) in summer temperatures, the last test before the tournament against Oman awaits. Before the tour group Flick finally leaves for Qatar a day later – with a tactical surprise in its luggage?

Julian Nagelsmann: “Hansi can do it all himself”

Julian Nagelsmann smiled when the question arose on Saturday evening after FC Bayern’s 2-0 win at Schalke 04. No, he had not spoken to Flick about the possible World Cup right-back Joshua Kimmich, Nagelsmann said: “Hansi can do all this himself. He doesn’t need my opinion.” But maybe he needs a presentation from the Bayern coach – as now at the end of the Bundesliga year in Gelsenkirchen.

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Joshua Kimmich: Extremely charming emergency solution

Because Benjamin Pavard was needed in central defense and Noussair Mazraoui complained of muscle hardening, Kimmich played right back again. And once again – as always – the 27-year-old impressed defensively as well as offensively, he showed that he is an extremely charming emergency solution on the right flank, very probably even the best solution that the German team has.

The right-wing candidate

Thilo Kehrer, Lukas Klostermann and Niklas Süle are the other right-back candidates Flick has named in his World Cup squad. “We have several options, we are flexible when it comes to this,” said Manuel Neuer when asked by AZ: “It depends on how the tournament goes. The national coach is spoiled for choice and will decide on the right system.”

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More dominant in midfield

Kimmich can play at a world-class level both at right back and centrally in front of the defense, but in midfield he is even more dominant, has more control over the game. He likes that. “We just didn’t have any other option, I also prefer to see him on the six,” Nagelsmann explained: “He has a favorite position, but he likes to play right-back just as much.”

The advantages of the variant

At the World Cup, this variant would have the advantage that a top midfielder could be used more from the beginning. Jamal Musiala and Leon Goretzka harmonized on the double six against Schalke, Ilkay Gündogan is also available for selection. And in the position before that, Thomas Müller.

“Thomas is ready to go. He trained well,” revealed Nagelsmann, who has a lot of confidence in the German team in Qatar. “Good coach, good squad. If the group stage goes well, there is a lot in it, “said the Bayern coach.

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A clear goal at the World Cup

Captain Neuer became more explicit. Just like FC Bayern in the Champions League, Germany is also a “co-favorite” at the World Cup, Neuer said: “Of course, our goal is to become world champion.” As the worst rivals, he called “Brazil, Argentina and the good Europeans” such as France, Spain, England, Belgium.

But not least the strong form of the Bayern stars makes the German team dangerous. Neuer concluded: “I think that we want to bring this momentum and the positive from our club to the team.”

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