Thrust into a centerback role in recent weeks due to every Bayern Munich centerback under contract suffering injuries, Joshua Kimmich has really come into his own back there. In the first half against Borussia Dortmund, Kimmich has made one of the best tackles that you will ever see.
The speed that Dortmund can throw at the opposition in a counterattack leads to a large percentage of their goals. In the 25th minute, it seemed a near sure thing that Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Marco Reus were going to catch Bayern's defense off-guard.
With Juan Bernat caught up field, David Alaba came over from his central location to challenge Aubameyang out wide. This left Kimmich to try and catch up with Reus who had a good five yard lead on him. Luckily, the ball took an extra millisecond to get to Reus, and that was all the time that Kimmich needed.
Reminder: Joshua Kimmich is amazing. #BVBFCB pic.twitter.com/WJOreQRohB— Bavarian FB Works (@BavarianFBWorks) March 5, 2016
Demonstrating perfect defensive form, Kimmich adjusted his body to get around Reus without knocking him to the ground. Then, avoiding contact with the BVB forward, Kimmich poked the ball away to prevent a shot at the Bayern goal.
Going by Kimmich's first half performance, you would never know that he's 21 year old midfielder that's playing out of position in the biggest game of the season.