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There was a bit of acting: Kovac

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 19: Javi Martinez of Bayern in action during the UEFA Champions League Round of 16 First Leg match between Liverpool and FC Bayern Munich at Anfield on February 19, 2019 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)
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According to the Bayern Munich boss, Javi Martinez acted a little bit when he faked cramps at the end of yesterday’s match against Liverpool.

In the final minutes of the 0-0 draw between German Bundesliga club Bayern Munich and English Premier League side Liverpool, Javi Martinez went to the floor because of what he said were cramps.

The match was part of the UEFA Champions League Round of 16 series.

The game was played very fast, with both sides giving their all, and nobody suspected the Spanish footballer.

But now, Bayern’s boss Niko Kovac has come out to say that it was all fake.

“We all know the drill: It’s close to the final whistle and you try to waste a bit of time,” Kovac told Goal after the match.

“Javi has good performance data, meaning he couldn’t have even had a cramp.”

“That’s all a bit of acting,” the Croatian manager added.

“Recently in Berlin, Kingsley Coman also pretended to have a cramp but he didn’t.”

“We have to bring calmness in the game,” he continued.

“They do it well, they have the experience for that.”

Bayern will have three consecutive German Bundesliga matches before they meet the Reds again: on February 23rd against Hertha, then a visit to Borussia Monchengladbach on March 2nd, and hosting Wolfsburg on the 9th.

Meanwhile, Liverpool has four matches to play before battling the Bavarians: by visiting Manchester United this Sunday, then against Watford on the 27th.

In March they will visit Everton on the 3rd and then host Burnley on the 10.

Both teams will play the second leg of the Round of 16 on March 13th at Allianz Arena in Germany.