Summary

  • Kimmich has scored four goals in his last four Bayern games.
  • His strike against Hamburg ensured the champions' eighth win in eight competitive games.
  • Bayern preparing to face Atletico Madrid in the Champions League on Wednesday.

Joshua Kimmich was converted to a central defender by Pep Guardiola last season, and his successor Carlo Ancelotti appears to have transformed him into a goal machine, with four coming from his last four games.

After a 1-0 win over Hamburger SV on Matchday 5, with Kimmich netting the decisive goal, the 21-year-old spoke to reporters about the latest chapter in his spellbinding career.

Question: Your captain Philipp Lahm recently said in an interview that you may as well be branded a goal-getter, given the number of goals you've been scoring. Is that fair?

Joshua Kimmich: A goal-getter consistently scores over many weeks – I've just scored in two or three games. This was an important late goal today, but we should have scored before, particularly in the second half.

Kimmich appears to be getting used to scoring goals, although he says he is happy just to be playing.
Kimmich appears to be getting used to scoring goals, although he says he is happy just to be playing.

Question: It was a great assist from Franck Ribery – talk us through it…

Kimmich: The ball jumped up a bit and I can remember thinking to myself that I couldn't bungle it because there wasn't much time left. Fortunately I didn't have much time to think about it because the ball came in pretty quickly and I just stuck my foot out and hit it right.

Question: It was a deserved win in the end, but it was a struggle for you for quite a long time…

Kimmich: We expected it to be tough here in Hamburg. We lacked ideas and were a bit static and things weren't quite clicking for us. We improved in the second half, when we had a bit more movement and we created more chances.

Bayern face old rivals Atletico - who beat them in the semi-finals last season - in a Champions League group stage fixture which Kimmich insists is not a revenge mission on Wednesday.

Question: Next up are Atletico Madrid in the Champions League – is that the first true test for your side this season?

Kimmich: We've definitely got to play better than we did in the first half, but nobody needs to tell us what to expect in Madrid on Wednesday. We know them from last season, but we've got to improve on this performance. It's not about revenge, and it's only the group stage so things are different, but of course we still want to win.

Question: What is it like for you to have a different partner in midfield every game or two?

Kimmich: We've got some great players in the squad and each one of us has huge quality and the coach can keep rotating the team to give everybody a break. Of course everybody wants to be playing every game, but I've had my chances this season and I always aim to deliver the goods when I do play.

Alexander Barklage reporting from Hamburg