Ko­vacs urges blun­der­ing Bay­ern to go back to ba­sics

China Daily (Canada) - - HOLIDAY -

MU­NICH — Bay­ern Mu­nich must keep it sim­ple if it is to re­gain its dom­i­nant early-sea­son form af­ter the team was held to a 1-1 draw at home by an in­ex­pe­ri­enced Ajax side in the Cham­pi­ons League on Tues­day, coach Niko Ko­vacs said.

“We must go back to the ba­sics, get stuck into the du­els, play fewer bad passes and let the ball flow,” the Croa­t­ian de­manded, point­ing to Ajax as an ex­am­ple to fol­low.

“Our op­po­nent showed us how to do it. Now we have to look to dis­play our face again, which saw us to wins in the first seven games of the sea­son.”

The draw means the usu­ally con­sis­tent and dom­i­nant German cham­pion has gone three games with­out a win af­ter draw­ing with Augs­burg and be­ing beaten by Hertha Berlin in the Bun­desliga.

“It’s not what we imag­ined, that’s not what I per­son­ally imag­ined, and this was cer­tainly not a good match for us,” Ko­vacs told re­porters as he crit­i­cized the per­for­mance.

“We played neg­a­tively, our op­po­nent was first to every se­cond ball, we just played too many bad passes, we wanted too much, too fast in the build-up and so lose the ball and then con­fi­dence.”

Ko­vacs said the draw must ul­ti­mately be re­garded as a “winning point”.

Bay­ern be­gan its Cham­pi­ons League Group E cam­paign with a 2-0 win at Ben­fica and shares top spot with Ajax on four points. How­ever, the Bavar­i­ans’ im­me­di­ate con­cern is find­ing form when it hosts Borus­sia Moenchenglad­bach in the Bun­desliga on Satur­day.

Bay­ern is se­cond in the stand­ings, one point be­hind leader Borus­sia Dort­mund af­ter six matches.

REUTERS

Manch­ester United man­ager Jose Mour­inho dur­ing his team’s 0-0 draw with Va­len­cia on Tues­day.

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