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Germany: Leipzig 'worst possible opponent' for Bayern says coach Kovac ahead of German Cup final

Germany, Berlin
May 25, 2019 at 08:18 GMT +00:00 · Published

Bayern Munich manager Niko Kovac said RB Leipzig were 'the worst possible opponent' for his side, speaking at a press conference in Berlin, on Friday, in the lead up to the German football cup final between both teams.

"It will be a difficult game, we know that also, and I've said it to the players as well, so that we. Yeah, what does pressure mean? Everyone who's in the final, Manuel said it, wants to win the match, yeah so do we and so do the Leipzig team and therefore the match tomorrow is open, I don't see any favourite there, it will be an open game, a intensive game, and in finals you need also a scrap of luck," said Kovac.

Kovac also looked back at Bayern Munich's journey to the final, jostling their way against opponents.

"We've climbed and we're glad that we've made it to the final now, and as was said just now, against a very very good opponent, that hasn't just done really well in the cup but also in the league. I believe I can answer Ralf [Rangnick]; it's the worst possible opponent that we could have got in the cup final," he added.

Win or lose, it is set to be a special night for Bayern Munich fans as club stalwarts Franck Ribery and Arjen Robben are ready to bow out, on the pitch of Berlin's Olympiastadion.

Bayern won their seventh straight Bundesliga title last week and will be hoping to complete their 12th double.

RB Leipzig, formed in 2009, are appearing in their first DFB Pokal final. They finished in the Champions League pots this season thanks to a third-placed finish.

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Bayern Munich manager Niko Kovac said RB Leipzig were 'the worst possible opponent' for his side, speaking at a press conference in Berlin, on Friday, in the lead up to the German football cup final between both teams.

"It will be a difficult game, we know that also, and I've said it to the players as well, so that we. Yeah, what does pressure mean? Everyone who's in the final, Manuel said it, wants to win the match, yeah so do we and so do the Leipzig team and therefore the match tomorrow is open, I don't see any favourite there, it will be an open game, a intensive game, and in finals you need also a scrap of luck," said Kovac.

Kovac also looked back at Bayern Munich's journey to the final, jostling their way against opponents.

"We've climbed and we're glad that we've made it to the final now, and as was said just now, against a very very good opponent, that hasn't just done really well in the cup but also in the league. I believe I can answer Ralf [Rangnick]; it's the worst possible opponent that we could have got in the cup final," he added.

Win or lose, it is set to be a special night for Bayern Munich fans as club stalwarts Franck Ribery and Arjen Robben are ready to bow out, on the pitch of Berlin's Olympiastadion.

Bayern won their seventh straight Bundesliga title last week and will be hoping to complete their 12th double.

RB Leipzig, formed in 2009, are appearing in their first DFB Pokal final. They finished in the Champions League pots this season thanks to a third-placed finish.

W/S Red Bull Leipzig manager Ralf Rangnick and Bayern Munich manager Niko Kovac on stage

SOT, Niko Kovac, Bayern Munich manager: "Obviously, you can say on paper that Bayern Munich is the favourite but the first final 2-1 was close against Dortmund, yeah, and that last year you could also see that probably no one bet on us, we were the eighth-placed side, Bayern were German champions, now it's the third against the first, so from that we can't approach the game tomorrow and go we have now an easy opponent. No, it will be a difficult game, we know that also, and I've said it to the players as well, so that we. Yeah, what does pressure mean? Everyone who's in the final, Manuel said it, wants to win the match, yeah so do we and so do the Leipzig team and therefore the match tomorrow is open, I don't see any favourite there, it will be an open game, a intensive game, and in finals you need also a scrap of luck."

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SOT, Niko Kovac, Bayern Munich manager: "Obviously, we had a lower class opponent, but they know themselves they come from a somewhat smaller place, that's very high and very dry, it was not easy, we only won 1-0, we then nevertheless in the second round done somewhat harder time but in the course of this competition, we've climbed and we're glad that we've made it to the final now, and as was said just now, against a very very good opponent, that hasn't just done really well in the cup but also in the league. I believe I can answer Ralf [Rangnick, RB Leipzig manager]; it's the worst possible opponent that we could have got in the cup final."

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W/S Bayern Munich players juggling ball at the Olympiastadion in Berlin

M/S Alphonso Davies stretching

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W/S Bayern Munich players juggling ball

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W/S Franck Ribery stepping onto the pitch

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W/S Bayern Munich players huddled around Kovac

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W/S Bayern Munich players practising

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M/S Bayern Munich players practising

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W/S Bayern Munich players huddled around Kovac

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