Bayern legend Lothar Matthaus has jumped to the defence of Niko Kovac and says the lack transfers is the issue, not the coach.
The Bavarians have had a tough start to life under Kovac as they sit fourth in the Bundesliga table, nine points behind leaders Borussia Dortmund.
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That has put pressure on the Croatian, but Matthaus says the fact more players were not brought in during the summer is the real problem, not Kovac’s methods.
“Niko Kovac was a player with Bayern 15 years ago. He has the DNA of Bayern, he knows the Bundesliga,” Matthaus told Goal. “He has Croatian roots but he was born in Germany. He was playing in the Bundesliga, he had a good result last year with Eintracht Frankfurt.
He was a Croatian national coach, he has the experience to work with stars. But Bayern Munich is something special. “And for this, he needs a little bit of support from the people who are working in the club. For me, the mistake Bayern did was that they did not change the players.
“They have the players who have been playing for the last six years like Robben, Ribery, Boateng, Muller. Times change, football is going faster and faster and the young generation is coming more.
The biggest mistake Bayern did before the season was that they didn’t make the change.”