“Heiber tanz”: kovac wants to knock leipzig off the top spot

Niko kovac wants to drive FC bayern to the top of the table for the first time this season with a successful "battle of attrition.

In the first bundesliga summit of the still young season against RB leipzig and at the start of a delightful english week, the munich team wants to put an exclamation mark on the game. "I believe that everything will be demanded of us there. But we're german champions and we're going there with the confidence that we want to win. We all know it's going to be tough," said coach kovac. Leipzig tops the table with nine points ahead of munich (7).

With just under a week to go before the start of the new champions league season, the rematch of the cup final on saturday (18.30 p.M.) a delightful evening of fubball. "We take leipzig very seriously. They are first at the moment and after the game we want to be," said kovac. "It will be a battle of attrition."

After sometimes wild duels in the past, such as a 5:4 for bayern in may 2017, last year's league games (0:0, 1:0) were hard-fought. In the 3-0 berlin cup final less than four months ago, the score was only 1-0 until the final quarter of an hour – before robert lewandowski& co. Turning up the heat once again. "We know from our heads what to expect," captain manuel neuer said ahead of the 29-time champion's site test against the emporkommling.

The trial of strength in leipzig around their new coach julian nagelsmann, who already cheered as bayern-schreck in the past, will also be a first check for the rebuilt kovac-troupe. Whether the 47-year-old will field brazilian philippe coutinho in the starting eleven after a grueling cross-country tour is an open question. "We have to wait and see how he comes back," said kovac. After that he wants to talk to the newcomer from FC barcelona and make a decision, he said. But the rested thomas muller is also a good option.

Kovac said he was "happy" that the national players had come through their appearances for the national teams in good health. He hopes that leon goretzka, who underwent surgery on wednesday, will be back "as soon as possible". "You can't name exact days and weeks," Kovac said. Goretzka underwent surgery for a thigh injury.

Even at this early stage of the season, the match in leipzig is "naturally a very important game," kovac said. However, a forecast for the title fight can not be given yet of course. "With regard to the current season, however, it is not yet possible to make a serious statement, that is simply not possible after three match days", said chairman of the board karl-heinz rummenigge in "kicker". "Our goal is to take the lead in the standings with a win"."

In addition, the start in the royal class, in which it starts at home against red star belgrade, is tempting. "But the first step is now on saturday," kovac said before the "heiben tanz" against leipzig.

As the youngest head coach in the bundesliga, julian nagelsmann defeated FC bayern 1-0 with TSG hoffenheim in the 2016/2017 season, losing none of his first three games. However, he then conceded three defeats. "Leipzig also had a very good coach before, now they got a young top coach with julian, who also tries to bring in his ideas," kovac said. "Every trainer brings something new."


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