“Arturo knew it!”

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“Arturo has announced it, Arturo knew it!”, Joshua Kimmich shouted to me before he waved and left the Fisht stadium just before midnight, where the national team had won against Australia, Cameroon and now also against Mexico. Only the Chileans could get a point, in Kazan, against the german national team which was mocked by many people before the Confed-Cup started. Now we have again the duel between Germany in Chile in the finals, just as Arturo had prophesied to his Bayern colleague Kimmich. A decisive factor for German success is Leon Goretzka who will be playing in Munich at the vervy latest in 2018. “He is a physically strong player and has run a lot,” Arturo Vidal assessed the Schalke-player for me who could be soon his colleague. Goretzka himself doesn’t talk about his future. What should he say?
Already in the middle of May, we had reported in SPORTBILD that FC Bayern and his agent Jörg Neubauer had agreed on the future as we had just two weeks earlier reported about Bayern’s interest in the midfield man. Goretzka himself even talked about it with players on Schalke in the cabin. To Kimmich, Goretzka didn’t say anything, yet. Althogh they are doing many things together, not only walking on the Segways at the Sotchi-promenade. “We have already played a few matches of Minigolf” Kimmich told me. Niklas Süle, who moves to Munich this summer, was on the Segway tour, too. Coincidence, I ask Kimmich, about the new gang? Kimmich winked and said, “Maybe not …”

The adventure Sotchi, that is also called the Russian Riviera, is now over for us. It was the first time for me to get to a match in a riksha, so this is athe reason why the Fisht-Stadium will allways stay in my mind. Next station is Saint Petersburg. Looking at the World-Cup in 2018, the German team doesn’t know, yet, which team-quarters they’ll choose or ,better said, where it is going to be . After eleven days at the Black Se,a Sotchi would have my voice, which I say to Oliver Bierhoff exactly like that. The Teammanagerlaughs: “I can suppose that …” Let’s see. He has also looked at a villa complex here. Bierhoff and I agreed, let’s see what Saint Petersburg can offer.