Bayern Munich coach Niko Kovac believes his team Monday with Liverpool as the opponent has not taken in the draw for the eighth finals of the Champions League.
“In my opinion, is the toughest possible draw. Liverpool was last year in the finals and this year, at the top of the Premier League,” says the Croat in a video on the Twitter page of his employer.
“It will be a lot of us require to defeat them, but we have the small advantage that we have the return at home to play and I hope that we can use.”
Bayern qualified for the knockout stages by being the first to end up in a group with Ajax, Benfica and AEK Athens, while Liverpool, the second was in a group with Paris Saint-Germain, Napoli and Red Star Belgrade.
Liverpool picked up remarkably enough, all of his nine points in own home (3-2 against PSG, 4-0 against Red Star and 1-0 against Napoli) and lost everything out of home (2-1 against PSG, 1-0 against Napoli and 2-0 against Red Star).
“We know that Liverpool is at Anfield. There have in the recent past, a number of magical nights took place. I hope that this time it’s one for us,” said Kovac.
Summary Ajax-Bayern Munich (3-3)
Kovac full of praise for Klopp
Liverpool-trainer Jürgen Klopp waits in each case a special meeting. The German’s worked in the past in the Bundesliga for many years as a responsible person at 1. FSV Mainz and Borussia Dortmund.
“Klopp has at Liverpool the same game was introduced as at Mainz and Dortmund. They play a very varied, quick, direct and aggressive, but they are also very strong without the ball”, is Kovac full of praise.
“Ajax does it so roughly, so we will certainly not be in for a surprise. We will be well prepared to kick off. I feel like, and look forward to it.”
The heenwedstrijd stands for Tuesday 19 February on the programme at Anfield and the return is on Wednesday 13 march at the Allianz Arena.
Bayern and Liverpool have the Champions League/Europe Cup 1 two to five times won. The Germans for the last time in the 2013 final against Dortmund) and the English for the last time in 2005 (against AC Milan).
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