Team – Joshua Kimmich reveals: “I didn’t watch a minute of the last World Cup”

Team - Joshua Kimmich reveals:

Joshua Kimmich has revealed he stopped watching World Cup 2018 matches after Germany’s early exit. Furthermore, the DFB top performer looked to the upcoming World Cup in Qatar as well as the expectations and goals for the tournament.

“Okay, I want to be honest. I didn’t watch a minute of the last World Cup. At least not after the group stage. It just didn’t work,” explained Kimmich The Players’ Tribune. The 27-year-old explained that he should have “dived and switched off” after dropping out early in the group stage. “By the people, the media, the entire tournament. I flew to South Africa with my girlfriend and didn’t see a World Cup game again,” said the midfield leader.

But the vacation that followed was no relaxation for Kimmich either, as the disappointing performance in Russia remained in his head, as he reported. He added: “I can still clearly remember sitting in our dressing room after the 2-0 defeat by Korea. Total silence. No one said a word. I buried my head in my hands and thought about it after how I had disappointed the fans, my family and the whole country”.

Joshua Kimmich: “Strong individual player, but not a strong team”

One of the reasons Kimmich gave for the end at the time was that “the whole world had us on our radar” and made it clear: “We had strong individual players, but not a strong team. At this level it’s not enough to say it : ‘Oh, this player is talented… and he won the Champions League… and they lifted the World Cup last time.’ Everything just has to fit. That wasn’t the case in 2018.”

At the 2018 World Cup, the German national team, as reigning world champions, was eliminated after the group stage. With three points from three games and a 2-0 defeat in the last game against South Korea, the DFB team ended up in disappointing fourth place.

Kimmich is therefore now aware of the responsibility and recognizes the great pressure now on the German national team. “The present is now. There’s another World Cup coming up and we all know what that means for Germany. We know the pressure, it’s like Bayern Munich. You’re the favorite in almost every game. The fans expect that you win every game, that you dominate every encounter. The only difference is that the pressure with the national team is even greater because we have been chasing success for a long time now,” the 27-year-old made clear.

Kimmich: “Good mix of experience and potential”

Nevertheless, he is confident about the upcoming tournament and therefore underlined: “We played a good qualification. We have a first-class coach. Our squad has a good mix of experience and potential to hopefully convince as a team. I’m not a newcomer anymore. I’ve learned a lot in the past few years and I feel like I’m taking more responsibility for the team and our results, but it’s about all of us together.”

According to Kimmich, in the past one may have “talked too much about the title and taken the second step before the first”. That’s also one reason why he now has mixed feelings when it comes to expectations: “To be honest, I don’t know what success can look like this winter. Maybe there are different expectations, maybe that’s not bad at all.”


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