One of the most prominent themes of the summer so far, has been Bayern Munich fans — and coaches — clamoring to replace midfielder Leon Goretzka.
However, there is at least one person who thinks that a midfield pivot of Goretzka and Joshua Kimmich can still be a winner in Bavaria — Bastian Schweinsteiger.
“Both players have great qualities. When things aren’t going well in the national team, then both are also criticized. There are always such phases when you’re a leading player. You shouldn’t complain, you’ve to work hard everyday,” Schweinsteiger told Sport1 (as captured by @iMiaSanMia). “They had a long break, now with full strength they can show and prove it to everyone. The best answer of course would be with titles.”
There is already a line of thought that manager Thomas Tuchel has already made his mind up to move on from Goretzka in favor of newcomer Konrad Laimer. While Goretzka has drawn interest from several other clubs, the 28-year-old is adamant that he wants to stay with Bayern Munich.
As Schweinsteiger himself knows, though, sometimes that can be come a battle that no player can win. Schweinsteiger, of course, was pushed aside by Pep Guardiola at Bayern Munich and moved on to Manchester United.
As for Kimmich, his place in the squad seems extremely stable, but he could be shifting out of the No. 6 role in favor of a more advance position at the No. 8. Will that really happen once league play starts?