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Joshua Kimmich: A tactical analysis of Bayern Munich's Klassiker specialist

Joshua Kimmich has decided the last two Klassiker meetings between Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund so it's little wonder his coach Hansi Flick has described him as “a mentality monster” ahead of Saturday’s meetings between the two rivals.

Such is the historic quality of both sides, Klassiker matches are often defined by the smallest of margins and Kimmich’s contributions across the most recent two Bayern-Dortmund showdowns are evidence of this.

Kimmich hit the only goal of the game in Bayern’s crucial win over Dortmund on Matchday 28 of last season, a sumptuous chip that put the Bavarians on course to defend their title as they opened up a seven-point lead over BVB - which would have been a single point advantage had Kimmich & co. lost.

Watch: Joshua Kimmich's incredible chip against Dortmund

He repeated his heroics with an 82nd-minute winner to seal DFB Supercup glory as Bayern edged out Dortmund 3-2 at the end of September and it would be no surprise if Kimmich played a telling role in this weekend’s first Klassiker of the 2020/21 campaign.

The right-back-turned-centre-midfielder has been colossus since joining Bayern from RB Leipzig in 2015 and his Philipp Lahm-carved path into a midfield dynamo has helped transform player and club into treble-winners under Flick.

As his coach put it on the eve of Der Klassiker: “Joshua Kimmich is an absolute professional, a mentality monster. He’s always in the game, he never gives up. He’s one who always pushes but of course has enormous quality on the ball.

“His passes and his set pieces have enormous quality. That’s why he plays for Bayern Munich and is why we’ve also been so successful with him."

As further evidenced in the video above, whether Kimmich is breaking up play or orchestrating it, whipping in set-pieces or lobbing goalkeepers; he is a truly remarkable footballer and one of the best midfielders on the planet right now.