Munich (AP) – Joshua Kimmich was in the middle of the dance with the next cup. His super effort in the winning goal saved FC Bayern’s championship winners in the 3-2 victory against Borussia Dortmund for the Supercup as their fifth title.
“In the end we got the trophy that feels good,” said the 25-year-old. “We fought for the pot, even though it wasn’t our best game. But you could see we have the mindset to even win a game where we don’t play very well.”
Kimmich’s willpower for the winning goal also impressed coach Hansi Flick. “Joshua Kimmich has a very special mindset, tremendous qualities. That’s why he’s on the right track to be one of the players that characterize this club. Compliments,” said Flick, praising the national footballer.
The entertaining, but not first-class match could have been won after the Munich leadership by Corentin Tolisso (18th minute) and Thomas Müller (32nd) as well as the Dortmund team. “In the end it is also a quality of the Munich team if you get the chance to make it in the second half,” said Julian Brandt. He managed to equalize the 1: 2 (39th), the massive Erling Haaland (55th). Then BVB sniffed Bibiana Steinhaus’ last game as a referee at 3-2 – until Kimmich showed up.
“We could also win this game, that’s for sure. We can make it 3-2 and then it’s over”, said coach Lucien Favre. But his team lacks the punch that sets the Munich team apart in their pursuit of titles. Championship, DFB Cup, Champions League, Supercup in Europe and Germany – all that’s missing is the Club World Cup. “I think that’s what our players want,” said Flick, revealing that after the final whistle, the club’s World Cup was yet to be discussed. “You have to make an appointment, that is certainly not easy.”
For the packed weeks ahead, FC Bayern also wants to upgrade its team. A new rumor: Andrej Kramaric, the forward of Hoffenheim, who scored twice against Bayern last weekend in TSG’s 4-1. “I know him very well, he is one of the best players in the Bundesliga,” said Flick, but refused to be seduced. It won’t be long until the end of the transfer window on October 5, he emphasized. Let’s wait and see. I’ll be surprised too. ‘
The 55-year-old was more clear when asked about Steinhaus’s performance. “She has long shaped German football. She has done a sensational job,” said Flick. The match in Munich was her last performance in a stadium.