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Lothar Matthaus heaps praises on Joshua Kimmich: “Future captain of Bayern Munich and Germany”

Joshua Kimmich
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Germany and Bayern Munich legend Lothar Matthaus has praised Joshua Kimmich and believes he is the present and the future of the club. He also acknowledged that Robert Lewandowski is the team’s best player.

Kimmich played a key role in Bayern’s treble-winning campaign last season. He has been a vital cog in Hansi Flick’s side and will be looking to help the team win the Club World Cup this month.

Legendary midfielder Matthaus is mighty impressed with Kimmich and is confident he can go on to captain Bayern and the German national team one day.

“The best player in the world is Lewandowski. The best thing FIFA did is giving him the trophy of the best player in the world,” Matthaus, the first-ever FIFA Player of the Year winner in 1991, told Goal.

“In the last few seasons, he has been the perfect player in the perfect team. Joshua is one of the most important players in German football not only now but also for the future. I see him as a new (next) captain of Bayern, I see him like a new (next) captain of the national team. He has the German mentality.

“He is always giving his best. He is a winner. He can defend, attack, give the last pass, give the cross, score, plays with passion. He has a lot of quality and he is just 25 so it is fantastic.”

“Bayern favorites for Club World Cup”

Matthaus added that Bayern are favorites to win the Club World Cup in Qatar, especially since they know the training facilities very well. The Bavarian giants normally base their winter training camp in the Middle-East every year.

“The tournament is very important for FIFA and football worldwide, it is where the continental champions play against each other,” he said.

“Bayern are the champions of Europe and are the favourites for the tournament. They have the pleasure to play in a country that they know. They know the climate, the atmosphere, the way from the hotel to the stadium and it is always a good feeling for the players.

“But I think it is not a big difference against other teams. It is good for Bayern to go to a place they know.”

Hansi Flick’s side currently hold a 13-point lead on the Bundesliga table, and while Matthaus believes the current team cannot be compared with previously successful Bayern teams, they are definitely among the strongest Bayern Munich teams ever.

“It is very difficult to compare teams from 10 or 20 years ago,” he explained. “At this moment, Bayern have one of the strongest teams ever in the history of Bayern football.

“Maybe the best team ever, but I really cannot tell it is better than the team of (Franz) Beckenbauer and (Oliver) Kahn. The team is very strong, everything is working well and not only on the field.

“Around the club, everything is perfect and organized, everyone is working for the best result. The coach (Hansi Flick) and team work very well together, they understand each other.”