Anyone who has seen Bayern Munich midfielder Joshua Kimmich play knows that the 25-year-old is about as intense as anyone has ever been on the pitch.
Kimmich’s teammate Lucas Hernandez can attest as he has been the recipient of a few of Kimmich’s tirades on the training ground. When asked about his teammate’s legendary “win-at-all-costs” mentality, Hernandez admitted he was fascinated by the Germany international and said that Kimmich is the player who most embodies the squad’s “will to win.”
“There are many. But if I had to name one, it’s Kimmich,” said Herandez when asked which player had the biggest impact on the team’s “must win” culture (as captured by Tz). “He can’t lose, even in small training games. If he notices that you are not giving 100 percent, he yells at you.”
Overall, Hernandez described how Bayern Munich’s team mindset drives the club’s success.
“(It is an) insane mentality,” Hernandez said. “Nobody here accepts losing. We are still as hungry and want to win the triple again.”
Because of that, Hernandez never pondered leaving — even when he was unable to supplant Alphonso Davies, David Alaba, or Jerome Boateng from the starting lineup last season.
“I never thought of leaving. I felt the trust from all sides of the club. I know there is a lot of competition here. My hard work has paid off,” said Hernandez.
The Frenchman also acknowledged that seeing Davies succeed at left-back pushed him to improve.
“He was the best left-back in the world last season,” Hernandez said. “I needed competition to develop myself.”