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One of the best in the world: José Mourinho lauds Joshua Kimmich

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Tottenham Hotsput manager José Mourinho has shed parise over Bayern Munich ace Joshua Kimmich. The Portuguese believes the versatile German international is a ‘phenomenal’ footballer, and one of the greatest players in the world.

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Joshua Kimmich’s stint at Bayern Munich started in 2015, when he arrived at the Bavarian club from RB Leipzig in 2015. A spectacular right back, Kimmich quickly proved himself to be versatile, performing flawlessly as a defensive midfielder, a trait that was last seen in Germany’s world cup winning former captain Phillip Lahm.

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Becoming a regular starter for Bayern, Kimmich became a fan favourite at the club. He has made 221 appearances for the Bundesliga giants across all competitions till date, and has scored 24 goals.

Winning the German top flight trophy for the 5th time, plus being one of the most impactful players in Bayern’s staggering run in this year’s UEFA Champions League, providing three assists and netting twice, including one in the 8-2 thrashing of FC Barcelona.

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The 25 year old has caught the eye of José Mourinho, who’s big name signing for Tottenham Hotspur this window has only been former Manchester City goalkeeper Joe hart.

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Phenomenal: José Mourinho on Joshua Kimmich

Speaking to English streaming service DAZN, José Mourinho shed praise over Kimmich, especially for his versatility across the pitch. Even though the German international’s current positions are limited to being a right back or a CDM only, Mourinho suggested he can perform in a number of additional roles.

“I see a great full-back, centre-back, number six, number eight and number 10. He has all the qualities a coach wants to see and have,” José Mourinho said in the interview.

“Looking at him from a distance, I sense he has great footballing intelligence, he understands the game and the demands of different positions. He is an absolutely phenomenal player, one of the best in the world,” the Spurs gaffer added.

Kimmich is set to start in the UCL final against Paris Saint Germain on 24th August at the Estádio da Luz in Lisbon, as Bayern is setting sight on their 6th prestigious European silverware.

Speaking about Kimmich’s potential to be regarded as one of the elites, Mourinho continued, “For Bayern to win the Champions League is much more important than for somebody to win an individual award but I see this kid (Kimmich) with Lewandowski, Neuer, I see this kid with these guys in an elite group capable of winning individual awards.”

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Saikat Banerjee
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A wordsmith who indulges in the world of combat sports, Saikat is an MMA, boxing, and arm wrestling content writer at The MMA India Show and The Sports Room. Apart from combat sports, he also engages in Indian sports content at The Sports India Show. Currently pursuing an MBA from Jadavpur University, Saikat's other interests lie in motorcycling, working out, and travelling.
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