Bayern face Real Madrid and Liverpool play Roma in Champions League semis

Bayern face Real Madrid and Liverpool play Roma in Champions League semis

Bayern face Real Madrid and Liverpool play Roma in Champions League semis

Bayern Munich manager Jupp Heynckes believes that the club have made a "good choice" in appointing Eintracht Frankfurt's head coach, Niko Kovač, as his successor.

After an inconsistent three seasons at Real Madrid, James Rodriguez joined Bayern Munich on a two-year loan at the beginning of the current campaign.

"We are very happy that we can have Niko Kovac as the new coach of FC Bayern". "Niko was a player at Bayern, he knows the characters, the structures and the DNA of the club very well". Kovac will also bring his 44-year-old brother Robert Kovac from Frankfurt as assistant coach.

The 46-year-old Kovac will take over on July 1.

So it's perhaps no surprise Frankfurt are unhappy, with their sporting director Fredi Bobic speaking out on Bayern's shady approach.

Heynckes, who already secured the Bundesliga title this season and will still lead the team in the DFB Pokal and Champions League in the coming weeks, praised the appointment.

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He then led them to an 11th place Bundesliga finish the following season, and the team have further improved this term, standing now in fifth place, level on points with RB Leipzig and two points off Bayer Leverkusen in the last Champions League qualification spot. He is predestined for the coaching job at Bayern.

Liverpool fans would've rejoiced when they drew Roma and I do think that if they get past the Italians, they have the tools to hurt Madrid or Bayern in a one-off game.

Kovac captained Croatia towards the end of his playing career and his brother took over the armband when Niko retired from global football. "It's unfortunate timing. The fact that information surfaced yesterday not from Frankfurt but from Munich is aggravating, unprofessional and is lacking respect". Like most rivalries, the superpowers have more in common than they care to admit: both are dominant domestically, both hoover up the best young talent and both aspire to represent something bigger than themselves.

The 12-time winners have triumphed in the sides' two most recent two-legged ties, producing a ferocious display of counter-attacking football to win 4-0 at the Allianz Arena in the 2014 semi-finals, before a victory in extra-time in last season's quarter-finals.

The Berlin-born coach said a dream is coming true for him in getting the chance to work with a club like Bayern. Bayern have thought of themselves and not for a second about Eintracht Frankfurt.

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