Thursday 20 June 2019

Kovac: Our toughest draw

Niko Kovac
Niko Kovac

Bayern Munich boss Niko Kovac feels Liverpool are the toughest Champions League draw his men could have been handed but has backed the Bavarians to get a positive result at Anfield tonight.

Jurgen Klopp's Reds were runners-up in the competition last season and are currently second in the Premier League, level on points with leaders Manchester City, who have played a game more.

Kovac said at his pre-match press conference ahead of the last-16 first leg: "I want to say once again we are playing against an opponent where it is the most difficult draw.

"If you look at what Liverpool did in the Champions League last season, and what they are doing in the Premier League this season, then you have to say it is the most difficult draw that there is.

"The atmosphere will definitely be good, but I'm sure my players have gone through a lot of big games with great atmospheres, so that's not an argument that we shouldn't be able to compete tomorrow.

"We just have to get into the game, be focused, stand up to the first attacks and then we'll try to play our game, and (then) we can get a successful result.

"When the lads leave the hotel or come into the stadium, they'll know what it's about, why they need venues like this and opponents like this.

"I'm completely convinced everybody will produce performances they have to to get a result."

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