PBayern Munich boss Uiko Hoeness (66) has coached coach Niko Kovac before the Bundesliga summit at Borussia Dortmund on Saturday (18.30 clock in the F.A.Z. Liveticker for football Bundesliga and Sky) backs. His statement from the beginning of October that he would defend Kovac "to the brim" is still valid, Hoeness said after the 2-0 (1-0) in the Champions League against AEK Athens: "This has not changed, my Statements are not just for two or three weeks. "
Hoeneß campaigned for understanding of the current weaknesses of the German football champion. "We have a team that is in transition, a young coach who needs to get in here. You have to be patient, "he said. For Hoeness the roles are clearly distributed in the Bundesliga top match on Saturday against champions Dortmund. "We do not drive as a favorite to Dortmund, but as outsiders – for the first time in a long time. To my knowledge, the four points are still ahead of us, "said the 66-year-old Hoeneß.
He did not want to spend an away win as a Munich goal. "You can not drive to Dortmund and say, I want to drive in a threesome. Dortmund has played a very good season so far, "said Hoeneß. "We have to make sure that we are playing a good game there." In the event of a defeat, the gap between the German champions would increase to seven points. "We are not as arrogant as you all believe. The championship we would always like to have, but if it is not so, the FC Bayern will not go down. "
Kovac (47) also sees BVB at an advantage. "They are easier favorites because they play at home," said the coach: "We must certainly improve against Dortmund, but that will be a very different game. Dortmund is also playing forward, which will open up spaces for us and give us the opportunity to score goals. "The use of Bayern star Arjen Robben is doubtful. "It works better. But you have to see if he can train the next few days, "said sports director Hasan Salihamidzic, while Robben (34) missed out on a knee injury against the Greeks, but James was in the Bayern squad on Wednesday night BVB must refrain from coach Kovac continue to injured Thiago, Corentin Tolisso and Kingsley Coman.
Kovac was relieved. The clear victory over AEK Athens and the almost secure knockout round in the Champions League should bring Bayern again more confidence for the explosive Bundesliga summit in Dortmund. "Victories are always good for self-confidence," said the coach of the German football champion. In the 2-0 (1-0) against the Greeks, his ensemble also had a "variety of opportunities" and played "to zero", emphasized the 47-year-old late Wednesday night. Against Athens let a double by Robert Lewandowski in his 100th European Cup match Kovac breathe in difficult Bayern weeks. "The goals were important to the whole team. A clear victory is very important for self-confidence, "said the top scorer. "I hope we show it on Saturday too and improve on what was missing today."
As in the 2-0 in the first leg, the Munich did well at home against Athens for a long time. First one from Lewandowski provoked penalty initiated the home win. With ten points Bayern are as good as in the second round. "We certainly have to improve against Dortmund. But that will be a very different game, "Kovac said after a sweeping appearance by his stars in the final stages. For long stretches it lacked also against Athens at pace and surprising actions. "It was not a bad game, but not outstanding," Joshua Kimmich ordered. Kovac once again declared himself a result pragmatist. "The coach of Atlético Madrid has said that it is crucial that you win as a coach, we have done that," said the Croat – recalling the 0-2 defeat of BVB at Atlético.