Both Mats Hummels and Joshua Kimmich believe that Niko Kovac’s success in leading Eintracht Frankfurt to the DFB Cup trophy will make no difference for him when he takes charge of Bayern Munich next season
The Bavarians finished a convincing 35 points ahead of Frankfurt in the Bundesliga heading into last weekend’s cup final in what was Jupp Heynckes’ final game in charge.
Yet it was the eighth-place team, led by the new Bayern manager Kovac, that prevailed over the league champions with a stunning 3-1 win at Berlin’s Olympiastadion.
The victory marked Kovac’s first piece of major silverware in his managerial career ahead of taking charge at Munich.
“We would have had total respect for him as a coach even if we had won,” said Hummels, as stated on Bundesliga.
“For me, it makes no difference. I already had a good opinion of him.”
Meanwhile, Kimmich believes that even Kovac will have to start from scratch next term regardless of what he has achieved.
“I don’t care whether or not Kovac is a cup winner. I would have really liked to have won the Cup,” said the German defender.
“Everyone starts from scratch next season, including him.”