Published: Sun, April 15, 2018
Sports | By Brooke Harris

Bayern Munich boss fears Real Madrid's dominance in the Champions League

Bayern Munich boss fears Real Madrid's dominance in the Champions League

It was a bitter defeat for Frankfurt coach Niko Kovac the day after it was announced that he will join Bayern Munich next season, as his club slipped to sixth, five points behind Leverkusen who have 51, with four games left.

A Bundesliga and DFB Cup double victor with Bayern as a midfielder in 2003, Kovac was Croatia manager as recently as 2015 before taking up the reins at the Commerzbank-Arena.

But, there is the risk that their final weeks of the season could see a downturn in form as Kovac's mind begins to shift towards Bayern - who Frankfurt could go up against in the DFB-Pokal final should they win their respective semi-finals.

Frankfurt sports director Fredi Bobic said the club had been surprised by the quick decision. Right now or at the end of the season, which would have been possible, then we said: If we were in their situation, we would also be interested in finding out as soon as possible that our coach will be lost.

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Kovac is now in charge of fellow Bundesliga side Eintracht Frankfurt but has been announced to replace Jupp Heynckes when the latter retires at the end of the current campaign.

Eintracht Frankfurt's line-up in 2017/18 based on average position and minutes played.

"The timing is unfortunate, and the fact information has leaked to the public - certainly not from Frankfurt, but from Munich - is disrespectful, unprofessional. Not of Eintracht Frankfurt".

Frankfurt now lie in 6th place in the Bundesliga, five points away from Champions League qualification, with four games to go.

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Frankfurt also has a German Cup semifinal match against Schalke next week.

Bayern had appointed Kovac as he is familiar with the Bavarian side, having played for them before. Bayern's loss is Hoffenheim's gain, however, as the young coach can continue to build his team to climb the Bundesliga table. Respect is hugely important in such a collective.

Bayern was initially in talks with former Borussia Dortmund coach Thomas Tuchel, but he informed the club that he had agreed to take over another team while it was still trying to convince Heynckes to stay.

Outgoing coach Jupp Heynckes warned the rest of the Bundesliga that the champions will not let up in their efforts during the rest of the season.

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