Frankfurt loses 4-1 to Leverkusen after Kovac announcement

Frankfurt loses 4-1 to Leverkusen after Kovac announcement

Frankfurt's plans for next season were thrown into chaos on Friday when Bayern confirmed Kovac, 46, will join them to replace Heynckes as coach in 2018/19.

They recorded an emphatic 8-1 aggregate win over Besiktas in the round of 16 and qualified into the semis at the expense of Sevilla with a 2-1 result over two legs.

The 46-year-old is now at the helm of Eintracht Frankfurt - who sit fifth in the table, 26 points adrift of Kovac's new employers - who already have the league title in the bag.

Gladbach opted to play on the counter-attack thereafter and Wagner punished their reluctance to get forward with a pair of strikes, the second of which Yann Sommer should have done more to keep out. He was able to steer Eintracht Frankfurt to fifth in Bundesliga standings, challenging for a UEFA Champions League place.

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Bayern had appointed Kovac as he is familiar with the Bavarian side, having played for them before. However, he was not a regular in the team. Lewandowski put Bayern ahead from the spot early in the second half, but after Ronaldo equalised, Sergio Ramos put through his own net to restore parity in the tie.

"Trainers and players come and go, my team will not use this as an excuse", said Kovac.

The futures of Franck Ribery and Arjen Robben have been in doubt all season, with their contracts expiring at the end of the campaign. With AP Photos.Bayern Munich has hired Niko Kovac as coach starting next season. Kovac has stated he likes to play with wide attackers. And in a one-off game against Real Madrid or Bayern Munich, Liverpool are a match for either. Aged 18 years, 307 days, Havertz set up two goals.

DW profiles the Berlin-born Croat to see what Bayern can expect from their new coach. While Bayern's squad is strongly German-flavoured, this experience can only stand him in good stead at the Allianz Arena.

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It was only fitting, since football heavyweights Real Madrid and Bayern Munich were paired together in the last four of Europe's top club competition while Liverpool's Mo Salah will make an emotional return to former side Roma.

Reports in Germany have suggested Bayern paid €2.2million to release Kovac from his Eintracht contract.

The Croat, who had also coached his country at the last World Cup in Brazil, had impressed by helping Frankfurt survive relegation in 2016 before leading them to contention for a European slot for next season.

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