Berlin (AP) – Former Bayern coach Niko Kovac praised the work of his successor Hansi Flick with the Champions League winner from Munich.
“The team has not lost the entire second half of the season, scoring 100 goals. The way the team plays football bears its signature,” said the coach of French first division team AS Monaco of “Sport Bild”.
Under Flick FC Bayern Munich had won the triple of the championship, the DFB Cup and the Champions League for the second time since 2013. “Not many people will make it to the triple, except maybe on the PlayStation,” said Kovac.
The 48-year-old, whose contract with Bayern originally ran until this summer and who was on leave in November 2019, said he received a bonus for triumphing in the Champions League. “I kept my fingers crossed for Bayern not because of the bonus, but because I spoke to the people in the club,” said Kovac. He would have liked to be there. “But the bottom line is: Hansi did a great job, the guys played great. That’s why I was happy,” he said.
The 55-year-old Flick was assistant coach at Bayern under Kovac. “I’m not jealous of Hansi, on the contrary: I got him on board, so I was able to do my part in the end,” said the former Bundesliga player with a smile.
Kovac confirmed that he was infected with the corona virus. The entire team was tested on Thursday last week and on Friday he received the positive result. “I feel fine and have no symptoms,” he said. Training in Monaco is currently led by his brother and assistant Robert, with whom he coordinates.
Speculation that Monaco wanted to take over Dortmund’s Mario Götze was “0.0 percent turn,” said Kovac. Most recently, the Ligue 1 club had taken forward Kevin Volland from Bayer Leverkusen.