Manchester City’s players will be watching Pep Guardiola’s every move as the Spaniard prepares to take over at the Premier League club in the summer.
They might not have enjoyed their incoming manager’s latest antics.
Following Bayern Munich’s 0-0 draw with Borussia Dortmund on Saturday, the 45-year-old proceeded to launch into a passionate exchange with Joshua Kimmich on the Signal Iduna Park turf. You can watch the fiery exchange by scrolling down the page.
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It might have appeared that Guardiola was giving Kimmich a dressing-down, such was the manager’s gestures and the defender’s wide-eyed look.
But in fact, Guardiola was merely giving the 21-year-old, whom he reckons can become a star, constructive criticism.
Check out the fiery exchange
The former Barcelona boss said, per Bayern’s website: “I told him that he’s perhaps one of the best centre-backs in the world. I love this boy.
“Joshua Kimmich turned in a great display. Huge, towering, madness compliments!”
Kimmich is more comfortable playing in midfield but after his cameo in defence - forced due to injuries to Jerome Boateng, Holger Badstuber and Javi Martinez - he may see more minutes there in the future.
If Guardiola is that impressed with him...
Perhaps in a Manchester City shirt. Guardiola is a massive admirer of the former VfB Stuttgart man and could look to take him to the Etihad Stadium.
Kimmich won 64 per cent of his tackles, had 123 touches and completed 94.7 per cent of his passes in the Dortmund stalemate. No wonder Guardiola loves him so much.
He continued: “We have a very good defender who’s strong in the build-up play. I like to work with players who are eager to learn.
“He’s got the desire, the will, the passion. He’s got absolutely everything.”
Kimmich welcomed Guardiola’s pep talk, saying: “It’s the trademark of a good coach that he’s never satisfied, and that he always tries to improve you.
“He always wants to get the maximum out of you. After the match he told me a few things I should have done better.”
Aubameyang was thwarted
The German, who has represented the country’s youth teams, joined Bayern in 2015 from Stuttgart and has gone on to make 25 appearances for the club this season.
He was instrumental in the Bavarians’ successful plan to stop Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang - the Dortmund striker who has scored 30 goals this season - on Saturday.
Though Guardiola was clearly distressed by the draw, it was important his team didn’t leave Dortmund empty-handed.
Bayern’s surprise 2-1 loss to Mainz in midweek closed the gap at the top of the Bundesliga to five points, and victory for Thomas Tuchel’s team would have closed it further.
With nine games remaining, Bayern’s five-point lead can be regarded as comfortable.
They are seeking a hat-trick of titles before Guardiola kickstarts his Manchester City revolution in the summer.