In the discussion about the best role for Joshua Kimmich in the first group final of the German national soccer team at the World Cup in Qatar against Spain, there is no consensus even among former world champions.
While Philipp Lahm would keep the 27-year-old from German record champions FC Bayern Munich in midfield, Jürgen Kohler would like Kimmich to play at right-back in the game on Sunday (8 p.m.).
“The question of whether to take Kimmich out of the center and put him on the right side does not arise for me,” wrote Lahm in his World Cup column for the editorial network Germany. The Bayern professional is best placed in midfield, “that’s where he can give the team the most”.
Kohler takes a different view. “I would put Joshua on the right side. Kimmich is a player who can create a lot of steam down the right flank. Orienting yourself well against the Spaniards and only playing well defensively is not enough. You won’t see a country against the Spaniards,” said the 57-year-old world champion from 1990 on MagentaTV.
Lahm sees the experiment with Süle as a failure
Lahm sees the experiment with Niklas Süle on the right back after the 2-1 draw against Japan as a failure, but instead pleads for Matthias Ginter in this position.
You can’t expect the man from Freiburg “to march up and down the flanks,” said the 39-year-old world champion from 2014, “but he doesn’t have to. He is an extremely reliable, responsible player, a stabilizer.”
World champion Per Mertesacker had written in “Kicker” that he would prefer Thilo Kehrer for the right-back position and give Nico Schlotterbeck a break.
The two experts agree on the occupation of the left defensive position. Both Lahm and Kohler would field Christian Günter in place of David Raum. “Günter is a player who had a very good season at SC Freiburg and who also has a lot of momentum going forward. And he also has a certain quality on the defensive, he’s very good in one-on-ones,” said Kohler. (dpa, tsp)
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