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Matthias Sammer sees himself in Bayern Munich’s Joshua Kimmich

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Former Bayern Munich sporting director Matthias Sammer was full of praise for Germany’s versatile midfielder.

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Bayern Munich star Joshua Kimmich is known as a hot-tempered player, who often doesn’t see a problem in yelling at his teammates. A couple of such incidents occurred in the last week while he was training with his teammates in the national team. He usually doesn’t end up this often in news outlets for his temper, but what if his drive could push Germany further in the Euros?

Many fans see the resemblance between Bayern Munich’s versatile midfielder and Bayern’s former sporting director — Matthias Sammer. Both had an explosive personality and played similarly on the pitch.

In a recent interview with Bild, Sammer talked about Kimmich’s importance to the German national team, saying: “Certain players have to have the influence so that individuals can become a team. They have to be untouchable leaders. These players have the position and credibility to address even uncomfortable things. Joshua Kimmich is definitely one of these players.”

Sammer explained that Kimmich is vital for Germany, as he has an early warning system, that could sense when something is not right during training and friendlies: “Guys who notice what’s not going well during the week, who closely monitor the intensity of training. Those are the ones who have the courage and the intangibility to address the issues.”

Sammer also added that he used to be like Kimmich — constantly trying to push his teammates. “That’s also the beauty of team sports, that you don’t have to push yourself alone like in tennis, but that you do it together as a team.”

Kimmich is already becoming a driving force in Germany, but will his temper push his teammates forward, or will it cause conflict?