Joshua Kimmich (26) is one of the eight professionals at Bayern Munich who did not travel to the Champions League away game at Dynamo Kiev. The national player is in quarantine at home after a positive COVID19 test.
The “Causa Kimmich” dominated the headlines on the boulevard and in the opinionated football TV shows at the weekend. When Kimmich will be available to FC Bayern again is still open.
But: How much is FC Bayern Munich sporting dependent on midfield driver Kimmich, especially in the Bundesliga? The German record champions have had to do without the Confederation Cup winner from 2017 in the Bundesliga eight times this season and last season.
Augsburg was the first “Without Kimmich” bankruptcy for Bayern …
In these games – most recently last Friday at FC Augsburg – Munich scored an average of 0.5 points less than with the national player on the pitch. The 1: 2 defeat in Augsburg was the only Bayern point loss without Kimmich this season.
Of the ten games he played, the midfielder only played one under the full 90 minutes. That was the 7-0 victory over VfL Bochum on September 18, 2021.
Bayern actually scored that many points without Kimmich
Last season, Bayern Munich never lost in the Bundesliga when Kimmich not played along. However, they gave up three points in five games in December 2020 during his injury-related absence (meniscus damage) – including a 3: 3 against Kimmich’s ex-club RB Leipzig.
Extrapolated to a season, this means (Those: BILD am SONNTAG, November 21, 2021): With Kimmich in the team, Bayern got an average of 81 points, without Kimmich only 64. So there is a certain degree of dependency on the national player who has come into the public eye.
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