Bayern coach Tuchel explained that he replaced national team player Kimmich after a 2-2 draw in the German League summit match. It was about avoiding risks.
Thomas Tuchel justified the substitution of national footballer Joshua Kimmich in Bayern Munich’s match against Bayer Leverkusen on the recommendation of doctors. “It was clear that the medical requirement was 60 minutes – we stuck to that,” the Munich coach said after the 2-2 draw on Friday evening at the Allianz Arena. Kimmich, who returned from the German national team due to injury and was sidelined in the 2-1 win over France last Tuesday due to muscle problems, seemed as if he wanted to continue playing after leaving the field.
Tuchel confirmed: “Of course, Josh always wants to continue it. But 60 minutes was the doctor’s maximum. We stuck to that.” “It’s not the stage of the season where we risk muscle injuries, especially in midfield.” For this reason, Kimmich did not take any corner kick this time to avoid putting additional pressure on the affected areas.
Tuchel stated that the 28-year-old’s role in the German Premier League had been open for a long time. In the end, the decision was made after the warm-up, but then the instructions of the medical department were taken into account.
It is clear that Tuchel does not want to risk anything in the English weeks. Bayern continues its Champions League campaign next Wednesday with its opening match at home against Manchester United.
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