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Bayern Munich confirm new coach to succeed Heynckes

15 April 2018

Bayern Munich were drawn against Real Madrid in the Champions League semi-finals and for James Rodriguez it will be a special game, returning to his former club.

Real are bidding for a record-extending 13th European Cup and third in a row, while five-time champions Bayern were the last side to lift the trophy three years on the spin 42 years ago.

Kovac, a former Croatia midfielder and coach, played for Bayern between 2001 and 2003, winning the Club World Cup in 2001 and a domestic league and cup double in 2003. "Niko was a player at Bayern, he knows the characters and the structures and the DNA of the club very well". "We've convinced he's the right trainer for the future of FC Bayern".

Kovac typically uses a 3-4-2-1 formation at Eintracht, which would mean a change of shape for Bayern, who usually line up with a back four under Heynckes.

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But the official announcement came one day after multiple reports in Germany had already broken the news, and Eintracht sporting director Fredi Bobic hit out at Bayern for a lack of professionalism.

Bayern, back in the semifinals for the seventh time in nine seasons, are looking to reach the final for the first time since they won it in 2013. He is predestined for the coaching job at Bayern.

Wagner made way for Lewandowski and the Poland global tucked Joshua Kimmich's cross past Sommer in the 82nd minute, but he scuffed a chance at the death that would have seen Bayern register six for the third successive Bundesliga home match.

And just last week, Frankfurt and Kovac effectively denied there had been any contact from Bayern and were insistent he was staying put.

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"It is going to be an explosive tie, but there is no fear from us going into it", Heynckes said after Friday's draw, per Marca. "That information made it to the outside - definitely not out of Frankfurt - is very annoying, unprofessional and lacking in respect". In the meantime, they are readying themselves for their new manager.

When it comes to the matches against Real Madrid, the Champions League winners in the past two years, Heynckes admitted to having mixed feelings.

Kovac is described as a team player, addressing the need to get along with the club's leaders.

The siblings played together at worldwide level, as well as at Bayern.

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Bayern started like a side with nothing to play for and they were punished for allowing Gladbach to control possession in the opening stages when Drmic cut inside Niklas Sule and curled a fine shot beyond Sven Ulreich and inside the far post.

Bayern Munich confirm new coach to succeed Heynckes