Kovac not feeling Bayern weight in front of Klassiker
Niko Kovac denied feeling the pressure ahead of his first Klassiker in charge of Bayern Munich notwithstanding his side sitting four behind Borussia Dortmund in the Bundesliga.
Bayern initially started strongly under their new coach but subsequently endured a run of four games without a win in all rivalries to build hypothesis about Kovac’s future.
The Bundesliga champions have bounced back with five wins in their past six games in all rivalries yet go to Signal Iduna Park knowing they will trail Dortmund paying little heed to Saturday’s outcome.
« I know that the topic of pressure is big for the media but honestly I don’t feel it, believe me, » Kovac told correspondents. « Over two years prior I was at Frankfurt and had a diversion for assignment, individuals could have lost their activity, that is weight.
« I will enjoy the game, we approach it with an intense feeling, a little anxious, but fear or pressure? I don’t have that. It’s a piece of the activity I picked. I could stop tomorrow and everything would be fine.
« Generally speaking I think both teams respect each other. I don’t think Dortmund don’t respect us, they know Bayern are a decent team. We haven’t performed, after the initial seven amusements, and additionally Dortmund – that is valid.
« But of course we will try to play our style of football because the lads have done that for 10 years. We know protectively we need to demonstrate certain aptitudes since they are an exceptionally solid and dynamic team, very clear and direct in their approach to goal.
« I don’t think Dortmund have many weaknesses, right now they have a lot of strengths. They are very much prepared in all zones, a few points of interest they can enhance yet you should look hard to discover their shortcomings. »
Hoeness has also indicated Kovac would not be sacked even if Bayern fail to win the title this term, in spite of the club overwhelming locally by asserting the Bundesliga six years running.