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Kovač criticizes team’s attitude after draw against SC Freiburg

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Niko Kovač and Leon Goretzka vented their frustration about the game, while Hasan Salihamidžić looks forward to the arrival of Lucas Hernández and next week’s Klassiker.

FREIBURG IM BREISGAU, GERMANY - MARCH 30: Head coach Niko Kovac of Bayern Muenchen gestures during the Bundesliga match between Sport-Club Freiburg and FC Bayern Muenchen at Schwarzwald-Stadion on March 30, 2019 in Freiburg im Breisgau, Germany. Photo by TF-Images/Getty Images

Bayern Munich were able to take home only a single point after the match against SC Freiburg on Saturday. The visitors dominated in the second half and had numerous goalscoring opportunities, but at the end, they failed to alter the scoreline in their favour.

While talking to Sky after the draw (via TZ), Hasan Salihamidžić, Niko Kovač and Leon Goretzka discussed topics ranging from the title race to the club's new signings.

The result against Freiburg was unexpected and disappointing. Niko Kovač was upset about the fact that Bayern couldn't utilize the better second half they had in hand. He said,

I’m naturally not only disappointed about the result but also annoyed. Because we didn’t succeed in rewarding ourselves after a not-so-good first half with a better second half. The decisive factor was the fact that we didn’t go into the game like I imagined. I think that this or that player thought, “It’ll work out.” But it didn’t.

Leon Goretzka argued that Bayern deserved the loss after blowing so many chances — no matter how well you played the rest of the game:

It’s obvious what we have to criticize ourselves for today. We screwed up in the first five minutes. We’ve discussed it seven hundred times before in the locker room; it’s inexplicable. You then waste so many changes that in the end you don’t deserve to win.

The club's sporting director Hasan Salihamidžić spoke briefly about Bayern's most recent signing, world-champion defender Lucas Hernandez. He is one of the best choices the club had and that the club is very much happy to see him in Bayern colours soon. For the time being, he’s rehabilitating after his knee surgery:

It’s obviously hard to get such a player at all. If you want such a player, there’s always competition. He’s played twelve years in Madrid. It’s not an easy step for him either. He’s simply a player who brings very many qualities. He has the right mentality, is strong in duels, can play. He’s young, has experience, and is a world champion. Lucas will go through rehabilitation with us; he trusts out doctors. They’re sure that everything’s ok.

With 61 points from 27 matches, the Bavarians are now two points behind Borussia Dortmund. As the season end is approaching, the title race is becoming more and more tighter. Brazzo said,

We want to be [Bundesliga] champions and DFB Pokal winners. I’m glad we have Mats Hummels and Jerome Boateng here. We’ll address all the other questions after the season.

Now that the title race is really on, all eyes are on Saturday's Der Klassiker, when Bayern play their yellow-and-black rivals at home on April 6th. The result of the match will almost certainly be the decisive factor in the fight for the Meisterschale. Salihamidžić said,

We absolutely want to win. It’s always hard; they’ll put us under pressure. We want to take three points so that we can stand up confidently to Dortmund as table leader. It’s a tough week for us, but we’re really excited about it.

Kovač said that the Bavarians have a chance and will remain positive about the upcoming match:

It definitely increases the pressure. My players know what is at stake in this game and that we have to win the game. We’re staying positive and believe we have a chance.

Bayern will play their DFB Cup quarter-final on Wednesday against Heidenheim before the showdown against the table toppers this weekend.