• FC Bayern meet AEK Athens and Borussia Dortmund this week. It could be a crucial week for coach Niko Kovac.
  • Kovac appeals to the cohesion in the club at the press conference before the Champions League match.
  • Arjen Robben misses against Athens, and the use of James Rodríguez is questionable.

Coach Niko Kovac from Bayern feels despite last meager appearances of his team the backing of the bosses. "The support is absolutely there internally, we exchange ourselves regularly. Whether this is to be made publicly or must, one can discuss over it", said Kovac before the Champions League play on Wednesday (21.00 / Sky) against AEK Athens.

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"It's like being in the family, too: if it sticks together, it's easy, if not, it's diverging," he added, "We have to make sure we're not going to let it go, there's nothing to get in the way Examples of whether it was Troy, whether it was Caesar, we need to stick together, from the attendant to the coach. " That internals would always be carried out to the outside, was "not conducive, there should be no such thing," said Kovac. And hinted, how the FC Bayern could find again to better form: "everyone must bring only five per cent more."

Arjen Robben fails against Athens

The question of whether this week with the games against Athens and on Saturday in Dortmund could be his last as a Bayern coach left Kovac (47) unanswered. Joshua Kimmich assured that the team was "absolutely" behind Kovac. The national player took the colleagues in the responsibility: "We are the ones who are on the court, that has nothing to do with the coach."

The pros of the record champions would have to "even if it does not work, as Bayer-München-Spieler with eggs on the square go, that one says: that's Bayern Munich!" Kimmich demanded.

The Munich have to do without Arjen Robben. The Dutchman could not play because of knee problems, said coach Niko Kovac on Tuesday. Robben suffering from a blockade and no serious injury, Bayern hope for a comeback of the 34-year-old in the Bundesliga on Saturday in Dortmund. In addition to Robben and the long-term injured Kingsley Coman and Corentin Tolisso could also James Rodríguez against Athens fail. The Colombian is suffering from a calf injury. Whether it will be enough for the match against Athens will decide at short notice, according to Kovac.

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On Saturday Bayern must go to Dortmund. Actually no threatening news. But these days. About a club between dominance and loss of control.

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