Sunday, 15 July, 2018

Bayern Munich send Champions League warning to Real Madrid

Incoming Bayern Munich coach Niko Kovac Incoming Bayern Munich coach Niko Kovac
Kristopher Love | 15 April, 2018, 22:20

The club's resurgence has continued this term with Kovac's men fifth in the Bundesliga, just two points behind Bayer Leverkusen, who occupy the final Champions League qualifying spot.

Kovac will sign a three-year-contract while Ribery and Robben stay for one more season. Both of us and Hasan [Salihamidzic] have tried for a very, very long time to persuade Jupp, ' Hoeness was quoted as saying in FourFourTwo after Bayern's 5-1 demolition of Borussia Monchengladbach.

"I have a lot of trust in him", he said. "Our team spirit is wonderful".

While pundits feel Real are the favorite, Heynckes said he does not see any club having an advantage. We played against Juventus and Barcelona at home in the first legs.

"We are very happy that we can have Niko Kovac as the new coach of FC Bayern". But we did not behave disrespectful.

Since 2000, Bayern has only won three of the eight encounters with Madrid.

"I have good memories of our treble season".

"Niko was a Bayern player, he knows the people in charge as well as the structure and the club's DNA".

Bayern did not reveal the cost of poaching Kovac, but both Bild and Sport Bild claimed that his departure before the end of his Frankfurt contract in 2019 would cost Bayern 2.2 million euros (S$3.6 million). Firstly, we acted very professionally because we used a clause in the contract of Niko Kovac that he (Bobic) made.

Kovac will need to adjust to instructing established stars at Bayern, rather than young players of promise still eager to learn, and he will be expected to maintain the club's high standards.

Originally Bayern was said to be interested in Juergen Klopp (Liverpool) and German national coach Joachim Loew.

"When we realised in a final, final conversation that he was not doing it, we were talking to the coach, who was free, Thomas Tuchel".

However, according to reports in January, the Colombian would look to leave Bayern if Heynckes were not to extend his own deal and manage next season.

After the end of his playing career Kovac was briefly an assistant coach in Austria. Former German worldwide Stefan Effenberg called him a flawless solution despite his lack of global experience with a big club.

Kovac said on Friday that he was only offered the job only on Thursday and then made his decision to accept it.