Niko Kovac was obviously delighted to return to Frankfurt.
He had met “a lot of nice people” and is still feverish with Eintracht, Kovac revealed on Saturday after the 1-1 draw in the friendly between his new employer AS Monaco and the club with which he had won the DFB Cup in 2018.
In between there was a not always easy time at Bayern, in which Kovac won the double in 2019 – and which still came to an early end in November 2019.
Kovac: “You can’t make everyone happy”
“I understood what happened and it will benefit me,” Kovac said The team looking back at his time in Munich, he found: “You can’t make everyone happy.”
When asked what he had learned from the German record champions, Kovac said first of all: “That the pressure in Munich is very high!”
He worked with top-class players at Bayern. It is a big difference to working with young players. I have seen great examples like Franck Ribéry or Arjen Robben. They are not just good because God gave them talent, but because they are work very hard. “
When asked whether he was too strict in dealing with the Bayern stars, Kovac made a long statement.
“If you don’t play, you are unhappy. And if you are a star and you do not play, you are very unhappy and the stress for the coach is even greater,” said the Croatian. After all, it is especially important for the national players to have their place in the national teams.
So it was “not easy to deal with it, but we were there to win titles – and we won three (in addition to the Double 2019 also the Supercup 2018, editor’s note).”
Role models: Trapattoni, Hitzfeld and Daum
Kovac also revealed which coaches would have shaped him most in his development – including two successful coaches from FC Bayern.
“Giovanni Trapattoni was a top trainer and a fantastic person, just like Ottmar Hitzfeld,” enthused Kovac, who also named Christoph Daum.
He didn’t have a great career as a player, “but his understanding of the game heralded a new era for coaches, with methodical training sessions. Everything was clear and structured. He spoke of psychology, he was a pioneer.”