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    Kimmich the natural heir to Lahm, says Ancelotti


    "To replace Lahm and Alonso is impossible, because of the quality, the experience, the personality," Ancelotti said. 

    "But we have other players who can continue this way like [Manuel] Neuer, [Thomas] Muller, [David] Alaba.

    "We have a squad with fantastic experienced player and strong personalities.

    "To replace them with their specific technical quality is really difficult; to find a right back like Lahm and a midfielder like Alonso."

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    As well as placing a burden of responsibility on the likes of Neuer, Muller and Alaba, one player who has been tipped to step up is Kimmich.

    The 22-year-old, who joined the Bundesliga giants from Stuttgart in 2015, has scored five goals in 24 league appearances this season.

    "As a right back the natural substitute [to Lahm] is Kimmich," said Ancelotti. 

    "He has a really big future here and I am sure he'll be a fantastic right back."

    Bayern host Freiburg at the Allianz Arena on Saturday, May 20.

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