Immediately following the final whistle of Bayern Munich's scoreless draw against Borussia Dortmund, Pep Guardiola stormed the field to find his young, converted centerback Joshua Kimmich. What followed was a passionate discussion in the center of the field in front of the 81,000 fans in the stadium and the millions watching at home.
Speculation about what was being said began immediately. While most assumed that Pep was using the moment to teach (Like our own Ryan Cowper), some jumped to the conclusion that Pep was publicly admonishing the young player for a mistake (Like Squawka).
Fox's Eric Wynalda had this to say on the game broadcast.
"That just shows you Pep Guardiola at his best. Right in the middle of a game, he's still teaching, and he won't stop. But the reality is he's like, 'Look, I love you kid, but these are the things that are going to make you great.' I would be listening if I were him. We're sitting here saying, 'Alright, Kimmich was the best player on the pitch today.', and Pep is already back in a teaching mode."
Guardiola revealed what he told Kimmich in his post game press conference. "I told him that he's perhaps one of the best centerbacks in the world," Guardiola said. "He's got the desire, the will, the passion. He's got absolutely everything."
"It's the trademark of a good coach that he's never satisfied, and that he always tries to improve you," Kimmich said. "He always wants to get the maximum out of you. After the match, he told me a few things I should have done better."
What was the one thing that Kimmich could've done better? It was at the very end of the game when Xabi Alonso was subbed off, and Kimmich moved into the midfield. "I stood a shade too high up the field."
Kimmich's performance against Dortmund was exceptional. He finished the match with 64 percent tackles won, 123 touches of the ball, and 94.7 percent pass completion. This video with all of his touches during the match shows just how excellent of a job he did in shutting down the attack of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Marco Reus, and Henrikh Mkhitaryan. Kimmich has now played six matches at centerback for Bayern and four of them have ended in clean sheets.
The kid is good. The kid is really good.