Could Kimmich play as a right-back against Spain?

By Rune Gjerulff   @runegjerulff

Following Germany’s defeat to Japan, Hansi Flick has opened the door to using Joshua Kimmich as a right-back.

Unlike before the World Cup tournament, Germany coach Hansi Flick does no longer categorically rule out using Joshua Kimmich at the right-back position.

Kimmich is a natural No. 6, but has been deployed at right-back in the past, including in the Champions League final in 2020, which saw Bayern Munich beat Paris Saint-Germain 1-0 with Hansi Flick as coach.

Speaking the day after Germany’s underwhelming 1-2 World Cup opening loss against Japan, Flick was asked if he could imagine playing Kimmich as a right-back against Spain on Sunday. He responded:

“You can assume that we really discuss every personnel detail, every position. It’s our job as a coaching staff to set up the team in a top-class way against the respective opponent if possible. We go onto the pitch with the best team. We do that before every game.”

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