Bayern Munich boss Hansi Flick says Tuesday’s 1-0 victory away to Borussia Dortmund is a “big step” towards the German Bundesliga title.
“We wanted to win and take a big step today,” Flick said post-game.
“We’ve achieved that. I’m very pleased with my team’s performance. We were very focused, very, very resolute, highly alert and sometimes very bold.
“It’s always important to me that our quality is high, in training and in matches.”
Match-winner Kimmich said the seven-point gap opened up was a “good cushion” as the Bavarians chase their 30th top flight league title.
“We now have a good cushion on Dortmund,” Kimmich said. “That was brutally important today.
“It’ll be mentally difficult for Dortmund to keep up. We have to reaffirm this lead in the next games.
“You could see that it was very, very intense and we had to work our way up to the three points.
“It was relatively balanced, especially in the first half we made many simple mistakes. Dortmund were very bold.”
Dortmund boss Lucien Favre said they deserved better but he bemoaned a lack of end product in the final third.
“We made a very good start in the opening 30 minutes but we sat too deep after that,” he said.
“The second half was good too. We had opportunities. But the penultimate or final ball was missing.
“We at least deserved to draw. We played better than we did against Wolfsburg and Schalke.”