Leader Joshua Kimmich drives Bayern on to victory
After the final whistle, Joshua Kimmich clenched both fists and shouted with joy. The midfielder and his FC Bayern team had just picked up a very important 1-0 away win. In the top clash away at Eintracht Frankfurt, the Munich side threw everything into the game to emerge victorious by the final whistle. "It's really important, and the way we played today was the right way. Our mentality was good, we pushed forward right until the end of the game. That makes it fun," Kimmich said after the game.
Praise from Nagelsmann
The 27-year-old played a decisive role in his team's win and set up the Leroy Sané winner with a very fine pass. "The window to make the pass was very small, he timed it to perfection," Julian Nagelsmann said, describing the turning point of the match. "Josh had a very good game. I wouldn't have minded if he'd scored one more goal. He was incredibly important today," the Bayern coach said in praise of his number six.
In addition to his superb assist, Kimmich once again led the team on the pitch. In build-up, he was time and again the playmaker, driving the game forward. In addition, he ran the most of anyone (13km), and his 19 ball recoveries was also the best of anyone else on the evening. Kimmich was the leader of a Bayern side that fought hard - FCB winning 65.7% of their tackles, a new Bundesliga record for the season.
After the important win in Frankfurt, Kimmich turned his focus straight away to upcoming matches: "We have to do our homework. It must be our ambition to take that into every game," the Germany international said, with half an eye on the table and second-placed Borussia Dortmund. FCB face in-form Bayer 04 Leverkusen next Saturday. "They're doing very well, they have a lot of quality. That will be a good game, I'm looking forward to it," Kimmich declared.
The match report: