- The Bayern squad is still very thin on the second day of the season preparation.
- 17 field players are currently available to coach Niko Kovac, Boateng and Renato Sanches want to go. Kovac ultimately wants 20 field players, including four young, and three goalkeepers.
- At a press conference he also says that Mats Hummels did not want to face competition in defense.
The much needed portion of refreshment comes from the north. The FC Bayern is a complex entity this summer, it's all about vanities, who is going to get along with who, who wants to get rid of who or who wants to pick, besides, it is about whether anyone still wants to come to Munich. Jann-Fiete Arp wanted to come to Bayern, the responsible for the transfers sports director Hasan Salihamidzic had him to "not convincing large" must. And so sits Arp, striker, 19 years old, on Tuesday afternoon in the Pressestüberl on the Säbener road, and he says pleasantly refreshing things. With him, everything sounds very simple, yet he does not have to take care of anything or anyone. About his first few days in Munich, Arp, born in Bad Segeberg, Germany, grew up as a footballer over the past nine years at Hamburger SV: "First of all, of course, I have to get used to the language." And then Arp clarifies the question of how to address him: "I prefer Fiete, it's faster, easier, it's more likely to get stuck in your head, and I've gotten used to it over the years."
Next to Arp is Niko Kovac, his new coach. It can be felt that he likes this guy from the north. Helpful, Kovac screws the new attacker's chair to the correct height, later he says: "He is a player who certainly has no equal in his class." Then Arp is allowed to hold up his new jersey for the photographers, also helps Kovac, twice a refreshing smile, then Arp leaves the room. Kovac stays, and with him all the topics that are so complex and so difficult to answer at Bayern this summer.
As soon as Arp has closed the door to the Pressestüberl, Kovac says: "We work in a club where the ambitions are very high." The coach knows for sure that he won the championship and the cup last year, and yet he had to endure a discussion about his person, which was tiresome but not clearly ended by his superiors. Before his second season in Munich Kovac now says: "We want to defend the double, but of course we know that it will be difficult."
"As a coach, you always have to start from the worst case"
That Kovac speaks so restrained, is also because his squad on the second day of the season preparation is still very thin. The coach therefore promises that the willing-to-change center-back Jérôme Boateng will receive "the same attention" as any other player, you never know. And Kovac promises – as on Monday CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge – that the club will do everything in order to strengthen the team further: "Sure," says Kovac, "Bayern Munich looks at all positions, we want all positions If we need something, it's up front. " Since last decade also ended the decade of the wing tongs Franck Ribery / Arjen Robben at Bayern, the team have "lost two outside players, we try to replace". Like Rummenigge, Kovac says: "It will take a bit of patience."
Whether the German national player and outside track dribbler Leroy Sané, offensively recruited by Rummenigge and President Uli Hoeneß, would be a reinforcement for his team? Kovac says, "Yes, point, exclamation point." But he also says: "At Leroy I do not know how fast that works, how fast that does not work."
That the squad has lost in size, is also due to the change from Mats Hummels to BVB. Kovac now spoke about why the central defender left the Munich. "Mats played really well, especially in the second half of the season, and in the end Mats approached us at the end of the season wondering what the status quo will be like in the new season," said Kovac, "Niklas Süle is fantastic And we brought with Lucas Hernández a player who cost 80 million euros, we see in central defense ". The upcoming competition has caused Hummels to change: "In that case, Mats was of the opinion that he would like to avoid this." Hummels, on the other hand, wanted more appreciation. The fact that he did not get it, that is the latest quote from Kovac.
17 field players are currently available to Kovac, Boateng and Renato Sanches want to go. In the past season, Kovac had in the fall due to three long-term injured in between only 16 available outfield players, he says: "As a coach, you always have to go out of the worst case." He could not plan "that we will remain harmless at the level". At the end of all transfer activities, the coach would therefore like to have the following result: 20 field players, "and of it must be four boys", in addition to three goalkeepers. "We have communicated that, we have discussed so far, with 17 men it will not be enough." Sounds like a refreshingly simple calculation.
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