Lothar Matthäus defended Joshua Kimmich in the discussion about the unvaccinated FC Bayern Munich player. In addition, the TV expert agreed with the record champions of Germany.
“I think vaccination is important. But I also see a point in this debate that makes me show solidarity with Joshua,” wrote Matthäus in his Sky column on the corona debate over FC Bayern: “How many more Bundesliga players are not vaccinated and do not have to read their names in the newspaper every day? How many journalists who now judge Kimmich have not been vaccinated? It is a problem in the society of our country that the bigger name is often chosen to make him an example.
Kimmich had said in public a few weeks ago. that he wants to wait for long-term studies before the midfielder gets vaccinated against COVID-19. “I don’t think this inhuman pressure is the right way to convince a person to do something that they are very concerned about. You have to talk to them, bring them to your side,” Matthäus said and stressed: “I advocate to leave Kimmich alone. “
The 60-year-old also criticized FC Bayern for their performance in the 1: 2 loss to FC Augsburg. This could not be justified with failures, according to the international record: “Bayern did not lose in Augsburg because Kimmich was not there, but because there again – as in Gladbach – they collectively failed in the soccer.”
Augsburg wanted the victory “a lot more” and was more present on the pitch from the first minute. “They were more compact, better, more determined and Bayern missed everything,” added Matthäus.
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Nevertheless, Matthäus doesn’t think Munich will perform this way more often in the future. “But it was the second game to be forgotten and it’s a bit unusual in such a short time.” At the end of October, coach Julian Nagelsmann’s team lost 5-0 to Borussia Mönchengladbach in the DFB Cup.
In addition, Matthäus Karl-Heinz Rummenigge agreed. The former Bayern CEO had regretted David Alaba’s free transfer to Real Madrid last weekend.
The Austrian was a player who had “a DNA distinct from Bayern”, “who grew up at this club and, to top it off, was allowed to go to Real Madrid for free,” said Matthäus.
It was something different if Bayern got € 30m or € 40m for Alaba, said Matthäus: “But such a player who was almost invaluable both to the defensive on the pitch and to the pecking order in the field. locker room, would have been better kept. “