Bayern Munich boss Niko Kovac stubbornly refused to take back his remarks that Eintracht Frankfurt have the best supporters in Germany.
Kovac couldn’t have picked a worst moment to praise Eintracht fans as the best given that Bayern Munich will meet them in Frankfurt on Saturday. It’s probably yet another blow to his list of growing problems.
The Croatian coach is currently in the firing line considering Bayern’s patchy performances recently. While they’ve won three of their last four games, the displays have been nothing to brag about.
Tuesday’s 2-1 DFB-Pokal Cup win over second-tier side Bochum, for example, needed two late goals from Serge Gnabry and Thomas Miller to spare Kovac’s blushes.
Then, instead of addressing Bayern’s problems, he praised his old club Eintracht’s fans as the best in Germany.
“I watched three of their [Europa League] qualifying games at the beginning of the season – there was some great choreography and I thought it was great,” said Kovac, according to AS.
“We also have great fans. I felt that last season, especially towards the end against Frankfurt and also in the cup when my name was chanted.
“I know how important the fans are for us and I didn’t say we have bad fans – they are also great. But in the big picture, Frankfurt have a great and unique atmosphere unlike anywhere else in the Bundesliga.
“I will not change myself or my character. If honesty is no longer desirable in this day and age, we can pack it in. I will not change.”
With no clean sheets in Bayern’s last seven games, the pressure is already increasing for Kovac for this weekend. And, not helping matters, are rumours claiming the club board want Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino.
“Football is a sport that is results-oriented. But the best combination is to win and play well,” said the Bayern boss.
“We are not able to do that right now. We have to gain confidence through small victories.
“If you lose the ball five times, it will be difficult to offer yourself a sixth time.”