Bayern Munich have Joshua Kimmich to thank for sealing their 13th successive Champions League win together with his gorgeous improvised winner.
The 25-year-old utility man has been hailed because the German giants’ new Philipp Lahm, following his sensible transition from midfield to reliable right-back.
And, like Lahm, Kimmich additionally seems to have a penchant for scoring high quality targets, as he confirmed throughout Bayern’s 2-1 win over Lokomotiv Moscow on Tuesday evening.
Bayern lifted the European Cup final season with a 100 per cent document, profitable each sport they performed, they usually have continued their utter dominance with back-to-back wins to open their title defence.
They have been made to work for that 13th straight European win, although, as a spirited Lokamotiv facet pushed them to the restrict.
Bayern crafted a positive opener as Leon Goretzka headed house after some beautiful build-up play from Corentin Tolisso and Benjamin Pavard.
However the holders missed a collection of possibilities to increase their lead and the Russians made them pay with a 70th minute equaliser from Aleksei Miranchuk.
It arrange a uncommon nervous end for Hansi Flick’s facet, and who higher than cool-as-a-cucumber Kimmich to fireside of their winner – and in positive model too.
Kimmich received Bayern’s Aim of the Month award for September together with his decided profitable aim in opposition to Borussia Dortmund to win the German Supercup.
And he might properly simply win it once more – though has some competitors from Robert Lewandowski – after his gorgeous little bit of ability and composure in opposition to Lokomotiv.
Controlling the ball on the skin of the field, the midfielder-cum-defender teed himself up, flicked the ball within the air and swivelled 180 levels, earlier than thumping in a volley from 20 yards out – prefer it was nothing.
Simply take a look at that celebration, the celebration makes it.
What an thrilling participant this man is, and what a crew that is.
They will not be flying excessive at house – Bayern are second within the Bundesliga desk after 5 video games – but it surely seems it might take some efficiency to beat them in Europe this season.