Bayern Munich midfielder Javi Martinez feels that new coach Niko Kovac has made a good start to life at the club and he is convinced that they going to achieve “good things” under him this season
The Bavarians enter the new season looking to continue with their dominance of German football by winning the Bundesliga title for a seventh successive campaign.
But they will have to do so with their manager Jupp Heynckes, who has retired for the second time, and has been replaced by Kovac, who led Eintracht Frankfurt to the DFB cup last season and in the process thrashed Bayern 4-1 in the final.
It will be the first time the 46-year-old has managed a major European club in his coaching career, but Martinez is already seeing similarities between Kovac and his predecessors Heynckes and Carlo Ancelotti.
“All the trainers have their own look on different tactics, different concepts. So, yeah, with Niko I think we are going to continue on the same line with Jupp or with Carlo [Ancelotti],” the Spaniard told ESPN.
“We’re going to try to keep the ball, to not concede opportunities to the opposing team. Yeah, I think we are going to play very well with this coach because we are training very well, we are good things. I can’t wait to start the competition.”
Martinez is hoping to recover from his injury in time to face his former Bayern boss Pep Guardiola on Saturday with the Bundesliga giants set to take on Manchester City in the International Champions Cup.
“I got hit in the back. It hurts a little bit, but I think the progress is going good,” he said.
“I hope on Saturday I can play — these kinds of games are perfect for us. All the best teams in Europe, their prestige, to play against them is good. We feel at home here.”