Many observers thought that Palhinha would have come in to play the No. 6 role for Thomas Tuchel and push Kimmich into a more advanced position at the No. 8 — which is currently occupied by Leon Goretzka.
Clearly, a lot of dominoes would have fallen if the Bavarians added another midfielder. Kimmich, however, does not believe that Bayern Munich needs another player for the No. 6 because is just the man for the job.
“You know my opinion, everything has been said about it. I think I can do both, the defensive and the more offensive part. I’m flexible when it comes to that. I’ll play the way we need,” Kimmich told Bild (as captured by @iMiaSanMia).
As for Palhinha, Kimmich said it must have been a tough spot for the Portuguese international to be in; sitting in Germany, just waiting for a move to be completed.
“That’s of course bitter, especially for the player. Nevertheless, we have a good squad. We saw who we were able to bring off the bench — for example Konrad Laimer, who was outstanding at right-back. That’s how we were able to turn the game around,” Kimmich said to Abendzeitung (as captured by @iMiaSanMia).