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Wednesday 13 November 2019

Kovac: Pool tie my highlight

MISSION: Niko Kovac. Photo: Reuters
MISSION: Niko Kovac. Photo: Reuters

Bayern Munich head coach Niko Kovac admits the Champions League visit of Liverpool is a personal highlight for him but knows nothing other than a victory will suffice.

The former Croatia international adopted a deferential tone, not what you usually expect from the manager of five-time European champions and a team which has a record 28 Bundesliga titles, when talking about their last-16, second-leg opponents.

"I've qualified for the World Cup and led Eintracht Frankfurt in the relegation play-off - that was the worst - but tomorrow is a highlight," Kovac said.

"The world will be watching us. Everyone's excited: the players, the coaches, the fans and the media. It's a tough game and the pressure is always on in knockout games but that's a positive, not a negative."

The onus will be on Bayern, in their own stadium, to come up with a more attacking game plan than the containment approach they adopted three weeks ago.

"What we need to do is be more efficient up front: see the room and take advantage," added the coach, whose side have scored 11 times in their last two league matches.

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