Few coaches are more animated during matches - or just after them, for that matter - than Pep Guardiola.
The revered Catalan boss, who lives and breathes football, made headlines last season by dishing out what initially looked like a public post-match dressing down out on the pitch to 21-year-old Joshua Kimmich following Bayern Munich’s 0-0 draw with Borussia Dortmund at Signal Iduna Park.
After the match, Guardiola played down reports that he was angry with Kimmich and insisted that he was, in fact, praising the Germany international following what he perceived to be an exceptional performance.
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Guardiola had deployed Kimmich, a midfielder by trade, at centre-back and the youngster delighted his manager with a mature performance at the home of their title rivals.
"I love this kid," Guardiola told reporters, per FourFourTwo, after the match. "He has absolutely everything and can achieve whatever he wants. He wants to learn and has passion.
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"When I speak about Joshua Kimmich, I only say good things. I have a message for journalists: Don't say that he can't play in defence.”
Guardiola's conversation with Kimmich revealed
There was plenty of speculation about the precise words Guardiola used during his chat with Kimmich, but now we know exactly what was said thanks to Martí Perarnau’s second book on the current Manchester City manager.
‘Pep Guardiola: The Evolution’ - the sequel to the brilliant ‘Pep Confidential’ - details what the two men said to each other following the stalemate.
Here’s how the conversation went…
Guardiola: ‘Did you hear Benatia’s instructions?’
Kimmich: ‘Sorry Pep, I didn’t.’
Guardiola: ‘F***! You were meant to move into centre midfield!’
Kimmich: ‘I’m really sorry. I just didn’t hear him.’
Guardiola: ‘I wanted you to move in front of the defensive line and maintain that position but instead you moved away from that organising position and we lost control. I need you to listen when people pass on my instructions.’
Kimmich: ‘I’m so sorry. I had no idea...’
Guardiola’s body language then changes slightly and he gives Kimmich a hug.
Guardiola: ‘You were brilliant out there today, Josh. Really, really good. I told you could do it!’
Kimmich: ‘Thanks Pep. It was a hard game but I did okay in the end.’
Guardiola: ‘What do you mean “okay”? You f***ing aced it. You were b****y sensational, Josh. Sensational! I’m so proud of you.’
Video of the incident
Here’s the footage of the incident…
Kimmich is developing into a top player
Kimmich, who turns 22 in February, has continued to blossom after Carlo Ancelotti replaced Guardiola in the summer.
In eight Bundesliga appearances, the versatile midfielder has scored four goals. He has also scored three goals in four Champions League matches this season.
Is Joshua Kimmich set to become the next great German midfielder? Have your say by leaving a comment below.
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