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Matthäus advises Nagelsmann to drop either Kimmich or Gündogan

By Rune Gjerulff   @runegjerulff

Germany coach Julian Nagelsmann should drop either Joshua Kimmich or Ilkay Gündogan as they don't play well together, according to Lothar Matthäus.
Lothar Matthäus.
Lothar Matthäus.Photo: Steffen Prößdorf, CC BY-SA 4.0
Lothar Matthäus has urged Germany coach Julian Nagelsmann to avoid playing Joshua Kimmich and Ilkay Gündogan at the same time.

Speaking after Germany's 3-2 loss to Turkey, Matthäus said he was frustrated by their partnership in central midfield.

"Gündogan and Kimmich, as we saw at the World Cup, don't fit together because they're too similar," the former Germany international told RTL.

"They're two great players, I'd almost say world-class players, but they don't play well together."

Matthäus suggested playing either Pascal Gross or Leon Goretzka alongside one of them.

"That would be the ideal solution," he said.

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