The Bundesliga giants play in Der Klassiker this weekend, a fixture which Kimmich seems to enjoy.

Joshua Kimmich annoys BVB CEO Watzke

BVB CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke says Bayern Munich player Joshua Kimmich annoys him because of how good he is. The Bundesliga giants play in Der Klassiker this weekend, a fixture which Kimmich seems to enjoy. He scored the winner in both of the last two games between the sides – a stunning fightback after the Bundesliga returned from a lockdown in May and a quick-thinking reactive finish to win the DFL-Supercup in September. In recent seasons, Kimmich has become an indispensable member of the Bayern side. Before Saturday’s game, Watzke was asked which Bayern player, if any, he would most like to have at Dortmund. “This is pure fantasy, only from an economic point of view. The one which I liked at Bayern Munich over the past few years is Joshua Kimmich,” he said.

The way Kimmich plays is impressive

“He always annoys me because he is so good and he still scores against us! But the way he plays is impressive, and his development has been incredible. The boy impresses me a lot. Bayern Munich have dominated Der Klassiker in recent years, winning eight of the last ten contests between sides in all competitions. In recent seasons, treble winners will go into the game as favourites, but with the teams’ point level at the top of the Bundesliga, Dortmund will hope to cut a run of three straight Klassiker defeats. The head Sebastian Kehl says Dortmund will go into the game with the same attacking intent they showed in their 3-2 loss to the Supercup at the start of the season.

“If we have the same courage as we did in the Supercup, where we threatened Bayern Munich over and over again and troubled them over and over with deep runs, that could be a way to beat them over the weekend,” Kehl told reporters. “Bayern respect us, but of course we have to do well; we have to be courageous, give everything, then we can beat them. We are in good shape. Germany’s top two teams are now playing against each other, both on a good run.”