New Bayern Munich boss Niko Kovac has paid tribute to his predecessor Jupp Heynckes following their 5-0 thrashing of Eintracht Frankfurt in the DFL-Supercup final

Robert Lewandowski proved to be back to his very best by scoring a hat-trick on Sunday’s encounter at the Commerzbank Arena after his late struggles last season and at the World Cup for Poland.

Kingsley Coman and Thiago Alcantara were the other scorers to ensure that Kovac’s tenure got off to a winning start against his former club Eintracht Frankfurt.

But, while lauding hat-trick hero Lewandowski, the new Bayern boss took time to pay tribute to Heynckes.

“We don’t have to talk that much about Robert. He is a very good and world class striker, who proved this today,” Kovac said, via SportsKeeda.

“It’s not easy to score three goals in 70 minutes. And I have to mention that the reason why we played today is because of Eintracht Frankfurt and Jupp Heynckes, who won the championship last year.

“Thanks to him to leave me this strong team. To work with this squad, that’s fun. I hope that we continue to be so successful.”

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On the match itself, Kovac added: “We managed to let the ball circulate well. We actually did not allow any big scoring chances. I imagined that as well.

“The first 20 minutes were not easy, because Frankfurt were compact. Through a strong action on the right side by [Joshua] Kimmich and Lewandowski, the game gets easier for us. Then of course it plays in our cards. Maybe you could have expected one or two goals less.

“I am satisfied and I hope that this title will strengthen us in the future. Of course I wish my Eintracht all the best and that the season is as successful as the last one.”

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