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Kimmich in charge as Bayern cruise towards title
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FILE PHOTO: Soccer Football - Bundesliga - Borussia Dortmund v Bayern Munich - Signal Iduna Park, Dortmund, Germany - May 26, 2020 Bayern Munich's Joshua Kimmich and Manuel Neuer celebrate after the match, as play resumes behind closed doors following the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) Federico Gambarini/Pool via REUTERS 691px 444px FILE PHOTO: Soccer Football - Bundesliga - Borussia Dortmund v Bayern Munich - Signal Iduna Park, Dortmund, Germany - May 26, 2020 Bayern Munich's Joshua Kimmich and Manuel Neuer celebrate after the match, as play resumes behind closed doors following the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) Federico Gambarini/Pool via REUTERS

BERLIN (Reuters) - Joshua Kimmich's winner in Bayern Munich's big game against Borussia Dortmund on Tuesday not only put the Bundesliga champions on track to retain their title but was a reminder of the midfielder's importance to their success.

The 25-year-old, whose delicate chip over the Dortmund keeper took Bayern seven points clear of their rivals with six matches remaining, will lead the team again against in-form Fortuna Duesseldorf on Saturday.

The Germany international, who joined Bayern in 2015, has filled the leadership void left by the retirement of Philipp Lahm and Thomas Mueller's struggle for form in recent seasons.

He is equally at ease as fullback or in a playmaking role in central midfield.

"His development has been excellent," coach Hansi Flick said following his performance on Tuesday. "He was a fullback and we decided to put him in the six position because there he can better use his strengths."

"He moves a lot, he establishes order, he can attack while also acting as a support to the defence. He pushes teammates on, he is focused and has a winning mentality. Not only in the team and in training," Flick said.

Disciplined and indefatigable, Kimmich has started every game for Bayern this season, scoring three goals and setting up five more. He has run more per match than any other player in the league.

His goal against Dortmund, played in an empty stadium because of the coronavirus pandemic, may have unlocked the door to a record-extending eighth consecutive Bundesliga title though Bayern had a tough start before the arrival of Flick.

Duesseldorf have turned their season around since the arrival of coach Uwe Roesler in January, having lost just once in their last nine games.

They beat Schalke 04 2-1 on Wednesday and have climbed to 16th, the relegation playoff spot.

"With this kind of attitude we have a huge chance (to stay up)," Roesler said.

(Reporting by Karolos Grohmann, Editing by Timothy Heritage)

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1 Liverpool LIV 93 35 30 3 2 76 27 +49 93
2 Manchester City MAC 72 35 23 3 9 91 34 +57 72
3 Chelsea CHE 60 35 18 6 11 63 49 +14 60
4 Leicester City LEI 59 35 17 8 10 65 36 +29 59
5 Manchester United MUN 58 34 16 10 8 59 33 +26 58
6 Wolverhampton Wanderers WOL 55 35 14 13 8 48 37 +11 55
7 Sheffield United SHE 54 35 14 12 9 38 33 +5 54
8 Tottenham Hotspur TOT 52 35 14 10 11 54 45 +9 52
9 Arsenal ARS 50 35 12 14 9 51 44 +7 50
10 Burnley BUR 50 35 14 8 13 39 47 -8 50
11 Everton EVE 45 35 12 9 14 41 52 -11 45
12 Southampton SOU 44 34 13 5 16 43 56 -13 44
13 Newcastle United NEW 43 35 11 10 14 36 52 -16 43
14 Crystal Palace CRY 42 35 11 9 15 30 45 -15 42
15 Brighton & Hove Albion BRI 36 35 8 12 15 36 52 -16 36
16 West Ham United WES 34 35 9 7 19 44 59 -15 34
17 Watford WAT 34 35 8 10 17 33 54 -21 34
18 AFC Bournemouth BOU 31 35 8 7 20 36 60 -24 31
19 Aston Villa AST 30 35 8 6 21 38 65 -27 30
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