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Joshua Kimmich to play Guardiola-inspired role at Germany

Kimmich at Bayern
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Hansi Flick is keen to change Joshua Kimmich’s position ahead of the next year’s Euros.

Hansi Flick is reportedly planning to use Joshua Kimmich in a similar role to that of John Stones at Manchester City.

Kimmich rose to prominence as a right-back at Bayern Munich before switching to midfield. Since then, the German star has established himself as one of the best midfielders in European football. However, the 28-year-old might return to his old position when playing for Die Manschafft.

According to Bild, Hansi Flick is considering the prospect of playing Kimmich as an “inverted right-back”. The German outlet claims the former Bayern Munich manager is inspired by Pep Guardiola’s defensive tactics, particularly John Stones’ role in Man City’s backline.

In his new role, Kimmich is expected to move into the central areas and quickly link up with the forwards. Without the ball, he would act as a traditional right-back in a back-four system.

Flick has been experimenting with a host of different formations since his side’s early exit in the 2022 World Cup in Qatar. However, Germany is yet to show any clear signs of improvement.

Die Mannschafft have lost three of their last four matches, conceding nine goals. Flick’s side continue their preparation for next year’s European Championship with friendly matches against Japan and France this month.