Ballack (46 years old) continued that he is “a fan of using the best players in the best positions for them”: “We have already seen with Philipp Lahm: if you are world-class abroad, it will not necessarily work elsewhere.” “Attitude as well. And that’s how I see it with Kimmich – at a very high level – in a similar way.” Kimmich prefers the position in the midfield position.
When Ballack is looking for a successor to Hansi Flick, he can easily imagine Louis van Gaal. He said: “You have to look for the best. I would choose a man with experience, and Van Gaal is an exceptional coach. He is certainly not an easy man, but that is not a bad thing.”
The DFB team needs “new inputs after the long years with Yogi Loew and Hansi Flick, who had the same approach and the same behavior, and who also set the same rules. I think the team needs something different.” Dutchman Van Gaal (72 years old) covers “almost everything that is required. He is a respectable person, who has experienced everything and knows the full scope of being a coach.”
Before the start of the Champions League, 2002 World Cup runners-up Bayern Munich are among the favourites once again. “Yes absolutely. The team, the coach and the environment are created in such a way that you can win the Champions League. The team is top class, as Bayern CEO Jan Christian Driessen rightly said. I’m completely with him on that,” Ballack said.
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