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The eye rings are gone

Niko Kovac draws both corners of your mouth to the side. His mouth is a Straight line, which runs strictly parallel to his eyebrows and the wrinkles pile up on the forehead.

The mouth just seems to vibrate. It seems as if Kovac just no Smile will allow. Of course he could tell something, of course he could tell how far he's come with his thoughts. But rather Kovac smiles the straightest Smile of world football.

Tuesday afternoon, the press room, the Munich-based Arena. Kovac looks fresh, the hair precisely parted, and a dark track suit, which gives him nonchalance. Just under 30 hours until the most important game in the young phase of him as a coach of Bayern. On Wednesday evening Champions League game against Liverpool (from 21 clock in the Ticker).

Kovac, totally deeply relaxed

last autumn, as Kovac at times his Job had to fear, he looked strained, even exhausted, with a multi-day beard, with a not-so-precisely-drawn parting, and he had not even the eyes? Now he presents himself completely relaxed. Kovac has won the first leg with his defensive tactics 0:0. And against the problems of the autumn crisis, the problems are in front of this game relaxing luxury problems.

Kovac announced that the recently beleaguered David Alaba is expected to accrue as a left-back. He explains that the last of the injured Kingsley Coman "is ready for tomorrow," which makes him "very happy". This is a luxury problem for Kovac so, whether on the left wing Coman or Franck Ribéry starts. The second luxury is a problem, what triggers a Smile in the face of the Trainer of this in a straight line.

The course of the season, Bayern can be well on the state of the defence to explain. At the beginning, as the team of victory rushed to victory, it seemed as if Kovac for the two seats have three regular players, perk up, he moved back and forth between Jerome Boateng, Mats Hummels and Niklas Süle. The crisis was then identified Central defence as a weak spot. Boateng made a curious error. Hummels was too slow. Shortly before Christmas, Kovac has consistently Boateng and Süle, shortly after Christmas, he said Süle to the number 1 and Hummels almost to the point 2; both defended well during the 0:0 in Liverpool. After that, no further discussion seemed necessary.

Or Boateng?

most Recently he played but three times in the League, the previously almost chronically prone team conceding only one goal. That national coach Joachim Löw could in the last week, Hummels and Boateng in the national team exile, seems to have additional Motivation. So, Mr. Kovac, who will play against Liverpool?

Kovac grins in a straight line, then he says: "I said it at the beginning of the season, we have three world class Central defenders, three German national players."

Who starts in the return game, but it is not only a question of hierarchy, there is also the question of how much the offensive urge to want to date preferably, a defensive-minded Kovac allow. He says: "I have an idea, but the idea is still to be completed, so that I don't want to go into too much Detail." Only so much accuracy of detail, he allows: "It is 1 with 2, 2 with 3 and 1 with 3."

The variant from the first leg with Süle and Hummels was the one that guarantees the most defensive stability. Süle is fast, edgy, battle. In addition, Hummels, Kovac, the Summary estimates in defensive actions in the game. As the team positioned itself in Liverpool very much on the defensive, was not asked in the opening Game, too – where Liverpool responded well to it, which is the interior defender the Ball. It was Hummels, withdrew the Team of Jürgen Klopp is usually far. It was Süle, remained him a bit of time in front of the attacks of the opponent. And so the 23 played-Year-old a lot of balls cross, or even back – and followed the default of Kovac, the Ball may never be fit long to the center line back and forth, not a counter-possibility.

stability or dynamics?

In the return game needs to win Bayern, the game would benefit from a Duo of Hummels/Boateng, as both could dub with its wide, long balls and the usual ball cap zone of the English. Hummels is likely to be set. The duel between Süle and Boateng is, therefore, of a between the defensive stability and offensive dynamics. "We need to be forward more effectively. We need to see the rooms and then play on," says Kovac. But he also says: "You can't expect us to demolish in the morning the mask and then Holla marching to the forest fairy to the front – and, perhaps, into Ruin." (

Created: 13.03.2019, at 17:21

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