Joshua Kimmich says his training ground bust-up with Germany team-mate Antonio Rudiger on Wednesday was nothing “unusual”.
Kimmich and Rudiger were photographed squaring up after the Chelsea defender produced a strong challenge on the training pitch, as Joachim Low prepares to name his final 23-man squad for the World Cup.
The Bayern Munich youngster is reported to have reacted to Rudiger’s tackle by getting in his face, with Miroslav Klose – now a member of the coaching staff – separating the pair.
But Kimmich does not think the incident should be blown out of proportion, suggesting it was nothing out of the ordinary.
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“The scene was not that unusual either,” Kimmich told reporters. “On the contrary; if everyone wants to win, let’s get down to business.”
Kimmich also spoke about Bayern’s season, accepting it was something of a disappointment after failing to reach the Champions League final and losing to Eintracht Frankfurt in the DFB-Pokal showpiece, despite cruising to a sixth straight Bundesliga title.
He said: “If you lose in the semi-final against Real Madrid and lose the cup final against Eintracht Frankfurt, then it is mainly acceptable that more could have been achieved by us.”
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