Bayern Munich manager Niko Kovac warned his players against getting complacent ahead of Saturday’s potential title decider at RB Leipzig.
With just two games left, Bayern are on the brink of a seventh consecutive Bundesliga crown as they lead Borussia Dortmund by four points. Victory at Leipzig this weekend will seal the title for them, with a match to spare.
However, Leipzig are no pushovers and have won eight of their last nine matches in all competitions.
This run of form has enabled Ralf Rangnick’s side to climb up to third in the Bundesliga and set-up a meeting with Bayern in the DFB-Pokal cup final this month.
Therefore, Kovac hopes his side don’t drop their guard. He cited Liverpool and Tottenham’s Champions League comeback victories over Barcelona and Ajax respectively in the semi-finals as an example.
“Anything less than success is a failure, I know that, these 10 months were very educational, very intense, and if it was a little quieter at times, it would not be so bad,” said Kovac, according to OneFootball.
“Believing we have won the championship is not a sure thing. The last two nights have shown that anything is possible in football.
“We’ve worked for a long time on how to approach these kinds of situations. We were nine points and plenty of goals behind. Now we can take the decisive step and win the title.”
The Croatian coach also defended Leipzig, who have sealed a return to Champions League football next season, from the negativity aimed at them.
“There’s a lot of structure behind it, there are a lot of clubs that have money, no matter where they get it,” said Kovac.
“Everything else about the club is always seen as too negative. Why can’t we even acknowledge something positive?
“We are not talking about any team, but a very good team with a very good coach.”
Bayern captain Manuel Neuer will not make a return in goal this weekend., despite returning to light running during training sessions.
The German goalkeeper has been sidelined for Bayern since their 4-1 win over Fortuna Dusseldorf on April 14.