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Connoisseur Niko Kovac: Bayern trainer has a ritual for every game

Connoisseur Niko Kovac: Bayern trainer has a ritual for every game

Kingsley Coman gives Bayern the extra push

The Bayern again lead the Bundesliga, but they appear squint this season, but especially on the Champions League title. Is that realistic?
Bayern can win the Champions League this season. The team is excellent, grown together over the years. Ribéry and Robben are still at the highest level, age is not crucial. It is important that Kingsley Coman is fit again. He gives Bavaria the extra push with his speed.

Did you expect your former teammate Niko Kovac to have made such a good start?
I played with Niko in Hamburg and Leverkusen, know him very well. In Leverkusen we had a round of cards, we played clutter together, Niko and Robert Kovac were there too. It does not surprise me that he arrives well in Bavaria. He also needs luck in the important games in the coming months, I wish him.

Has Kovac thought as a player as a coach?
That's what you can say. As a player, Niko was very intelligent. He secured the others when they rushed forward. He was not super fast, but he had a good overview, a feeling for the situations and a good passing game.

A buddy Kovac is not, says David Alaba: "He knows exactly what he wants."
Niko is a very direct type, structured. That was already the case in Leverkusen. When we were in the hotel one day before the game and wanted to eat, Niko said: "I always pray for food." So we waited for him. It worked for three years. I think it is fantastic that he had such a clear line and still has it. We have respected him for that. Niko is very disciplined. It's just in a person.

Sandro Wagner was a good alternative

German football is looking for a center forward. Do you have a tip as a former top attacker?
The fact that Mario Gomez returned to the national team after the World Cup 2014 has already shown that there is little offspring. Sandro Wagner was a good alternative to his retirement. Timo Werner is not a classic, he needs space and movement around him. It is the same with Marco Reus. Germany played dominantly at the World Cup, but missed the boxing player who cleans the balls. At the moment I do not see any striker in the Bundesliga who could solve this problem.

Which option does coach Joachim Loew have at all?
Low must change its system. Get out of handball around the penalty area and play more like RB Leipzig, more vertically. But then players like Werner, Reus, Brandt or Julian Draxler have to walk in depth and not just in width.

The Sandro Wagner you mentioned probably has no chance for Löw.
That's too bad. I love Wagner and would have preferred to take him to the World Cup instead of to Gomez. Unfortunately Robert Lewandowski can not play for Germany, he would be the ideal solution. Lewandowski is the total package of a spire, the exhibition of superclass. Lewy can do it all, he scores a lot of goals and really does not have a weak point.

Six goals in four competitive games indicate that his change ideas have disappeared.
I think it is good that he is now fully focused on Bayern again. In the summer he roared loudly and thought about Real Madrid. I can understand that: he was thinking about jumping to a club that won the Champions League more often than Bayern. And I think that if Karim Benzema does not play a good season at Real, the phone in Munich will call again next summer …

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