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Joshua Kimmich urged Hansi Flick to sub out Leon Goretzka midway through first half of Bayern Munich’s 3-2 loss to PSG

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Joshua Kimmich strongly felt that Leon Goretzka needed to be replaced.


Bayern Munich came out second best in a snowy Allianz Arena in the first leg of their Champions League quarter-finals tie against Paris Saint-Germain, losing 3-2 to the Parisians. It wasn’t for a lack of chances created from Hansi Flick’s men, though, who had a total of 31 shots and 12 on target, which is especially reassuring given they were without Robert Lewandowski and Serge Gnabry. Meanwhile, PSG only tallied six total shots, five of which were on frame.

Unfortunately for the Bavarians, both Leon Goretzka and Niklas Süle picked up injuries in the first half:

At this point, there’s no indication of the severity of either injury or, likewise, how long either of the two will be out for — or if they even have to face a spell on the sidelines at all. Hopefully for both players, it’s nothing too serious and they can play a part in the second leg at the Parc de Princes in Paris next week.

As noted in our Observations, midway through the first half, there was a slight bit of confusion between Flick, Jerome Boateng, Alphonso Davies, Goretzka, and Joshua Kimmich.

At about the half hour mark, Kimmich had shouted to Flick to have Goretzka replaced, who had indicated that he had sustained some sort of injury problem just prior to PSG scoring their second goal (Marquinhos, 28’). At the time, Flick had told Boateng to get ready to come on, but had then changed his mind and told Davies to take off his warmups and get ready to come on.

Kimmich was audibly not happy about what seemed to be a bit of indecisiveness from Flick while Goretzka needed to be replaced. He was eventually replaced by Davies in the 32nd minute.