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Niko Kovac warns Bayern Munich to not drop their guard

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Bayern Munich manager Niko Kovac is wary of further twists in the Bundesliga title battle as they prepare to host Hannover 96 on Saturday.

Following Borussia Dortmund’s 4-2 derby defeat to Schalke 04, Bayern blew a golden opportunity to take a four-point lead last weekend. Instead, they were held to a 1-1 draw at second-bottom FC Nurnberg.

It leaves Kovac’s side two points clear at the top of the Bundesliga from Dortmund ahead of the final three matches of the season.

Coming up next for Bayern will be a home game against bottom side Hannover, who could be relegated this weekend. Therefore, Thomas Doll’s side will be desperate to avoid defeat to keep their slim hopes of survival alive.

Afterwards, Bayern will then conclude their league campaign with fixtures against RB Leipzig and Eintracht Frankfurt. Unlike Hannover, both teams are in the top-four of the standings and will likely provide Kovac’s men a sterner challenge.

“The last four or five game days have produced surprising results. Teams are playing with freedom,” said the Bayern boss, via AOL.

“This has been seen at Hannover against Mainz. That makes it difficult for us. But we have to and want to win. They have their last chance against us.

“I’m not sure if Hannover will play offensively. We’ve done a lot of good games here in the last few weeks and months. If they were to attack, that would suit us.

“The players know very well that we have left a huge chance in Nuremberg. But they are only humans.

“There were many surprising results. We could have lost too. We have one point more than Dortmund than we did before.”

Bayern, who are undefeated in their last 11 league games, will be without James Rodriguez (muscle strain) and Manuel Neuer (calf) once more. Meanwhile, Javi Martinez (knee) will be a last minute decision.

On the bright side, Arjen Robben and Franck Ribery have successfully been deemed fit for this weekend.