Bayern Munich hires Niko Kovac from Frankfurt as coach

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Bayern Munich have announced that Eintracht Frankfurt bos, Niko Kovac, will take over from Jupp Heynckes as their manager at the end of the season.

Heynckes, 72, took over on an interim basis, following the sacking of Carlo Ancelotti this season.

The Frankfurt coach said his move would have "no influence" on the team's remaining games of the season.

Bobic added: "They did their thing and thought of themselves".

Former German worldwide Lothar Matthaeus regards Bayern as the favorite against Real as "they have developed an unbreakable team spirit and are determined to win the trophy". He was able to steer Eintracht Frankfurt to fifth in Bundesliga standings, challenging for a UEFA Champions League place.

"Niko played for Bayern, and knows the people in charge, as well as the structures and DNA of the club very well", Salihamidzic continued. As a player, he had captained the side at the 2006 World Cup and Euro 2008.

On the other side, Bayern can focus on its tie without much distraction, having wrapped up its sixth straight Bundesliga title last week.

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"Niko always talks to me but I haven't received any information".

Regarding Kovac, Heynckes said the former Bayern midfielder is a good choice to take over his job.

"After he was appointed at Frankfurt in 2016, he first saved them from relegation in the playoffs versus Nurnberg, and then got them to the cup final the following year".

However, the performance at the BayArena did not back up Kovac's words as Frankfurt's Champions League hopes suffered a heavy blow.

Real and Bayern have faced off three times in the knockout phase already since 2012, with the La Liga outfit triumphing twice including 6-3 on aggregate in last season's quarterfinal that necessitated extra time. The Reds are England's most successful team in the European Cup or Champions League, matching Bayern's five titles, but last appeared in the semifinals in 2008.

Gladbach opted to play on the counter-attack thereafter and Wagner punished their reluctance to get forward with a pair of strikes, the second of which Yann Sommer should have done more to keep out.

The veteran coach has since backed Kovac to continue his work in the new campaign and is quoted by Daily Mail as saying: "Kovac generally makes a very positive impression". With Real looking vulnerable despite Ronaldo's extraordinary performances, Bayern has a chance to provide their coach with the flawless send-off - and even provide a little bit more romance.

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