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Niko Kovac looks to the positives of Bayern Munich’s defeat

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Niko Kovac stuck to the positives following Bayern Munich’s 2-1 defeat to Arsenal in their International Champions Cup (ICC) opener.

In what was their second game of pre-season, Bayern got off to a shaky start in Los Angeles. But captain Manuel Neuer was at the top of his game and denied fellow German Mesut Ozil a goal early on.

The Bavarians soon found their feet in the match, though, and began testing the Arsenal defence, with Bernd Leno having to deny Thomas Muller and Daniels Ontuzan from putting them ahead.

However, Bayern fell behind in the 49th-minute after Louis Poznanski accidentally put Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s cross into the back of his own net.

Despite substitute Robert Lewandowski cancelling out the own goal shortly afterwards, Eddie Nketiah struck a late winner to seal all three points for Arsenal.

“We saw a very entertaining game with a lot of dynamism and speed,” said Bayern boss Kovac, according to SportsStar.

“At this stage of the pre-season, it is possible for both teams to be very satisfied.

“Unfortunately, the result didn’t go our way, but I liked what I saw from the team offensively.”

“The viewers got their money’s worth. The result is certainly secondary.”

Bayern forward Muller added: “It doesn’t feel super cool to lose, but we did a lot of things quite well.

“It wasn’t a focus for us to have the highlight of the season in this game. It was a very good match.”

Bayern will now prepare for Sunday’s showdown with Real Madrid in Texas for their second ICC match.

Meanwhile, Kovac’s Arsenal counterpart Unai Emery also gave his post-match reaction after watching his young Gunners steal the show in the United States.

CARSON, CALIFORNIA – JULY 17: Mesut Oezil of Arsenal London reacts with assistent coaches Toni Tapalovic (L), Hans Flick and head coach Niko Kovac.