05 Apr Der Klassiker: Bayern’s religion in Kovac being rewarded,” states Hitzfeld
The former head coach of the team consistently believed their existing boss was the ideal person for the Bundesliga giants
Niko Kovac has turned into Bayern Munich’s kind around thanks to the aid that he received in the boardroom, according to the club’s former head coach Ottmar Hitzfeld.
Speculation about Kovac’s future continues to be present during his first season in the club, which has observed Borussia Dortmund direct the way in the Bundesliga title race.
But before Saturday’s crunch clash between both in the Allianz Arena on Saturday, defending champions Bayern know beating Dortmund will set them in pole position to win the Bundesliga after again.
Kovac’s negative are also through to the semi-finals of this DFB-Pokal, having come through a thrilling 5-4 experience in the home to second-tier side Heidenheim even though Niklas Sule’s ancient red card.
And though Kovac’s suitability to trainer Bayern has been contested, with much more high-profile supervisors like Jose Mourinho connected with achievement the Croatian, Hitzfeld stays sure he’s the ideal person for the task.
After rumours Arsene Wenger was set to accept charge appeared in October, Bayern president Uli Hoeness, chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge and athletic manager Hasan Salihamidzic held an extraordinary press conference to provide Kovac their whole funding and blast the media for their own reporting.
And Hitzfeld feels trust and support from Hoeness, Rummenigge and Salihamidzic has helped Kovac to flip things around on the pitch, together with Bayern having won 13 in the previous 15 Bundesliga matches to heap pressure on Dortmund.
“From day one I had been convinced that Niko Kovac would learn the change to Bayern Munich,” Hitzfeld informed Omnisport. “He is a really meticulous mentor who pays a great deal of focus on details and he’s an excellent incentive.
“I had him as a participant at Bayern Munich and even though he was not necessarily a beginner, he had been a team participant and pushed the team. And he contributed to the spirits being high from the team, which is quite important. Especially coming from gamers that aren’t always players.
“That reveals the personality and the attention. Tactically speaking, he worked miracles with Frankfurt. Notably, taking a look at the [DFB-Pokal] closing where Bayern confronted Frankfurt and he was able to surprise Bayern.
“He passed the examination, he was able to get through the rough patch they’d in Bundesliga and luckily Uli Hoeness and Karl-Heinz-Rummenigge continued to trust and continue to be convinced .
“That is paying off today and that is why the consequences returned to Bayern’s games”
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Bayern could end the season with a dual of Bundesliga and DFB-Pokal names or wind up empty-handed but Hitzfeld endorsed Kovac to send silverware even though Champions League disappointment against Liverpool at the past 16.
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“In Bayern you need to collect names, that is what you are hired for – to get that and also to create the football,” Hitzfeld added.
“That component Niko has handled, but clearly he’ll be quantified by the names he wins. That is true for each Bayern coach. However he has [the] opportunity to win the dual.
“And if he wins,’Just 1 name’, he’ll have attained the aims. So I am quite positive that Niko Kovac will handle that.”