Leader Kimmich shines with fighting spirit and superb skill
A determined effort, a brave slide tackle, a quick glance and a dream pass to Kingsley Coman! Joshua Kimmich demonstrated once again in the 28th minute against Atlético Madrid what makes him so important for FC Bayern. With his dedicated pursuit of the ball, the midfielder laid the foundations for the Munich team's glittering 4-0 victory at the start of this season's Champions League campaign. Coman crowned his team-mate's outstanding groundwork with a fine finish and, after the final whistle, summed it up well: "Joshua's pass was perfect."
Unique playing style
Fighting spirit, mentality and at the same time vision and magic in his boots - Kimmich represents a unique style of play and has developed more and more into the outright leader of the German record champions over recent months. "Jo is enormously important for us in midfield as our number six. He is always free, he always knows what to do," coach Hansi Flick said, praised his number 6.
Birth of second child gives Kimmich a second wind of motivation
In addition to the assist, 100 touches and a pass completion rate of 87% is indicative of his good performance against Atlético. Kimmich also had a very special added motivation the evening before the game - the 25-year-old became a father for the second time. "I was happy that his child was born last night and that he was able to play," Flick said. On the weekend against Bielefeld, Kimmich had been missing from Bayern's team in anticipation of the birth. Although FCB managed to win commandingly there too, Kimmich once again impressively demonstrated his importance to the Munich men, not least through his courageous slide-tackle to win the ball before setting up the opener against Atlético.
Kingsley Coman was the man of the moment on Wednesday night, scoring twice and assisting once: