Former manager Pep Guardiola has become a surprise candidate to replace Niko Kovac at the Allianz Arena. Guardiola spent three successful campaigns at Bayern Munich before moving to Manchester City. However, he has not shown a lot of interest in renewing his City contract that runs out in 2021. A large number of candidates have shown interest in taking over the vacant Bayern Munich job after Niko Kovac was replaced following a poor set of results. Unsurprisingly, Bayern Munich’s defender Joshua Kimmich has expressed his delight towards working with Guardiola once again.
Bayern Munich coach Niko Kovac claimed that his team’s victory over Tottenham was unimaginable. The German outfit came into the key Champions League clash against Tottenham still unsure about the team’s ability to get a positive result at home. This is due to the large amount of inconsistency shown by the team under the management ofKovac. However, they are up getting a 7-2 victory. Serge Gnabry was the star of the game after coming up with four goals, while Robert Lewandowski also got on the scoresheet with a couple. Joshua Kimmich, meanwhile, with the other goal for the German outfit.
Munich legend Michael Ballack believes Timo Werner could still make the move to
the Bavarian giants next summer. The Germany international was heavily touted
to join the Bundesliga holders from Leipzig last summer but a deal did not
materialise with the club opting to focus on other transfer targets.
Munich manager Niko Kovacic has defended the signing of Ivan Perisic from Inter
Milan by stating that he was the second choice to take over at the German
champions last summer. The Bavarian giants were initially looking to land the
signature of Leroy Mane from Manchester City for a club-record fee but the
German’s long-term injury setback meant that they turned to the services of
Spain got a widespread win at the qualifier match for the European Championship by 4-0 under the captainship of Sergio Ramos against Faroe Islands recently. In this match, Ramos also made a record equal that belongs to one of the greatest players of his nation. Ramos equaled the record with Iker Casillas for having the most number of caps of all time. Casillas has played a number of matches with Ramos when he was his teammate in Real Madrid. Currently, he is just 17 caps away from the record of Ahmed Hassan of Egypt who has the all-time record of 184 caps in international matches.
The defender for Real Madrid appeared for Spain in the year 2005 for the first, and after eight years of that he became the youngest player from Europe to reach the milestone of appearing in 100 international games. He broke the record of Lukas Podolski who had the record for having 100 appearances in international matches previously. He played for Germany for the international games and he is considered to be one of the legends from that nation to be playing the sport.
Bayern Munich manager Niko Kovacic has defended the signing of Ivan Perisic from Inter Milan by stating that he was the second choice to take over at the German champions last summer. The Bavarian giants were initially looking to land the signature of Leroy Mane from Manchester City for a club-record fee but the German’s long-term injury setback meant that they turned to the services of Perisic.
Speaking to reporters, Kovacic said that there is nothing wrong being the second choice, considering he was able to guide Bayern to the domestic double after taking charge in similar circumstances last term, he told: “I was also the second choice [for Bayern] and we won the double, so… It's like this: we made this choice all together. We analysed and spoke about a lot of names. He [Perisic] was already on the list. I brought him up back then, because I know Ivan, I know what he's capable of, I know what kind of skills he has, and we all know what he's achieved in Germany.”
Former Borussia Dortmund defender Neven Subotic believes Lucien Favre’s side have the advantage over Bayern Munich in the Bundesliga title race, should the latter not improve the squad further this summer. Dortmund have been busy during the transfer window with the purchases of Julian Brandt, Mats Hummels, Nico Schulz and Thorgan Hazard and Subotic feels the club can close the gap to the Bundesliga holders.
Speaking to the Bild, Subotic said that Dortmund have made the better business during the current transfer window and the return of Hummels from Bayern should offer him with the much-needed experience required to spur a title charge, he told: "If the Bayern squad stays the same, it is Dortmund. Very clearly.I say that as a former BVB player and fan. I congratulate him. The team will benefit from him. He won four titles at Bayern during the last three years, while Dortmund only won one during that period. Dortmund will get a lot of experience in Mats. It is a big chance for him."
Bayern Munich president Uli Hoeness has said that Bayern Munich will have a strong team when the new season begins in August. The Bavarian giants were far from their best during the course of the 2018/2019 campaign but they nonetheless ended the season with a League and Cup double under manager Niko Kovac.
In an interview with Bild, Hoeness revealed that the club will come stronger for the forthcoming season with quality additions during the summer, he said: “I have to admit, it gets on my nerves that you can only define yourself through new signings. We’ve just won two titles and we should all be celebrating for the moment. I can assure you that there will be a good team on the pitch on the 15th of August.”
Bayern Munich manager Niko Kovac has expressed his pleasure after guiding the team to a seventh successive Bundesliga title. The Bavarian giants had a tough contest with Borussia Dortmund through the season and ultimately, it came to the final gameweek where a comfortable victory over Eintracht Frankfurt sealed the league title.
Speaking to Bundesliga.com, Kovac said: "I'd like to thank my team and our fans, we've achieved great things. We were nine points adrift in autumn, so warm congratulations to my lads. I'm completely happy but also exhausted, and I hope we can build on it next week. We knew SGE needed every point, and we also knew Dortmund were in front at half-time. We were glad when we restored the lead, and then, in light of Frankfurt's exhausting season, it was clear we'd get space, and we used it very well."
Bayern Munich attacker Thomas Muller has admitted that the team are feeling the pressure as they seek to secure an eighth-straight Bundesliga crown. The Bavarian giants recently extended their gap over Borussia Dortmund to four points at the top of the table, but they had to do it in the hard way after scrapping through a 1-0 win over Werder Bremen at the Allianz Arena.
Speaking after the game, Muller admitted that the club are desperate to win the German top-flight title and this has certainly increased the pressure of expectations, he told Bundesliga.com: "The pressure is there, we’re feeling it as we all desperately want to win the Bundesliga title. After half time, we had to up the pace, which we did, even though the result was still relatively close."