How will Bayern Munich line up with Niko Kovac as coach?

Ross Houston
April 15, 2018

The thrashing left Frankfurt sixth, five points from fourth-placed Leverkusen - and a Champions League place - with four games left.

Kovac's brother Robert, also a former Bayern player, will join him from Frankfurt as his assistant.

"It's hard to get to this stage of the competition and that's eight years in a row we've done it", he said.

"Neither we [Manchester City] nor Barcelona are in the semi-finals, so I will support Bayern, I hope they have the luck they deserve", Guardiola said about the club he managed before arriving in the Premier League.

The new manager, born in Berlin to Croatian parents, is under contract to Frankfurt until 2019 and reports in the German media have suggested his release clause is €2.2m (£1.9m).

The 23-year-old striker has won an impressive 117 aerial duels for Frankfurt so far this season, with a success rate of 47%.

Several high-profile coaches, including Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino, were linked with the Bayern job after Heynckes reportedly rejected the offer of a contract extension. But his role at the club could take a positive turn under Kovac next season.

"We were obviously surprised especially in this phase (of the season) we are in which is extremely important for us", Bobic said.

"We found the comments made by Fredi Bobic pretty outrageous", he told reporters after the game.

However. Bayern sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic confirmed the following day that an agreement has been made.

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

Bobic added: "They did their thing and thought of themselves".

The decision to appoint Kovac marks a change of approach for success-driven Bayern, who had previously opted for big-name coaches.

He then took over Croatia in 2013 for two years before signing with relegation-threatened Eintracht Frankfurt in 2016 and turning them into Champions League contenders this season. Champions League qualification is possible this season after another stellar campaign.

"The coach keeps the team together brilliantly".

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.

How will Bayern line up with Kovac at the helm?

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