Bayern Munich coach Niko Kovac has said that his bruised Bayern Munich team are determined to tilt the Bundesliga title race back in their favour with a win over Borussia Dortmund on Saturday.
Kovac’s side have endured a tough week in the build-up to their title race showdown with Dortmund at the Allianz Arena this weekend.They slipped two points behind their rivals after being held to a draw in Freiburg last Saturday, and survived a scare against Heidenheim in a dramatic 5-4 cup win on Wednesday.
Club president Uli Hoeness has also heaped the pressure on Kovac and his players, saying that there can be “no excuses” in the “must-win” game against Dortmund.
On Thursday, Kovac insisted that his players were up for the fight.
“Dortmund are having a great season, and it will be an interesting and evenly match game,” he said.
“At the end of the day it will come down to who is better on the day. We want to win the game at all costs. The club, the fans, everyone wants to win the game.”
After they conceded four goals on Wednesday, Kovac said that his players had to show the right attitude against Dortmund.“We need to start defending well again, as individuals and as a team. It’s a question of attitude,” he said.
Bayern will potentially be without several key players for the season-defining clash.
Arjen Robben and Alphonso Davies are both still injured, while David Alaba and Manuel Neuer did not train with the team on Thursday.