Konrad Laimer played ‘by far his best’ game against Real Madrid – Joshua Kimmich

Konrad Laimer has made a starting place in Bayern Munich’s midfield his own in recent months alongside Leon Goretzka with Joshua Kimmich switching to right-back. A free transfer from RB Leipzig, Laimer played his best game for Bayern and received a 1 rating by Kicker – the highest score – for his performance against Real Madrid on Tuesday night.

But while Laimer downplayed his performance, Kimmich held his teammate in high regard post-match. Assessing the Austrian’s performance, Kimmich said: “An outstanding game, not just against the ball. He also made very good decisions with the ball and found good passes between the lines. He’s played some good games for us, but I thought that was by far his best.”

This was echoed by sporting director Max Eberl, who added: “I thought he did very well against Ødegaard and Arsenal in the first and second leg. I’ve known Konny for a long time, he has outstanding qualities in terms of his venom in tackles and willingness to run. It’s unbelievably disgusting to play against him, he’s becoming more and more confident with the ball.”

All to play for in the return fixture

Vinicius Jr. gave Real Madrid a 1-0 lead before goals from Leroy Sané and Harry Kane early in the second-half but the Rekordmeister 2-1 up. But seven minutes from time, Vinicius Jr. added another from the spot, meaning the tie is level heading to the Santiago Bernabéu next week with it all to play for.

GGFN | Daniel Pinder

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