Kovac aware Bayern future rests on two title deciders

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Published on May 16, 2019 - Duration: 01:02s
Bayern's two title deciders to determine Kovac's fate

Kovac aware Bayern future rests on two title deciders


(SOUNDBITE) (German) BAYERN MUNICH COACH NIKO KOVAC SAYING: "I know we must take the reins, that is totally clear, but believe me: I am totally independent.

I like doing the job, but when I'm one day not there - I would live my life exactly the same as I have before.

I don't have the pressure that I must earn millions.

I played soccer long enough, I do this out of pleasure.

For me, the money isn't the premier goal.

Because of that, what's coming comes." 2.


(SOUNDBITE) (German) BAYERN MUNICH COACH NIKO KOVAC SAYING: "We don't have to talk about what was or what is, rather the present for me will be athletically decided.

Everything else doesn't really interest me.

To become champions with my team, my club, this is a great goal.

We have long had to work on it.

We've had to take a lot, partly rightfully, and now we are in the comfortable situation that we ourselves can decide how the championship goes." STORY: Bayern Munich coach Niko Kovac is aware his future with the German champions rests on Saturday's (May 18) Bundesliga title-deciding finale and the German Cup final despite being contracted to 2021.

Leaders Bayern are two points clear of Borussia Dortmund going into the final fixtures this weekend looking for a win at home to Kovac's former club Eintracht Frankfurt to secure a seventh consecutive league crown.

The Bavarians also face RB Leipzig in the German Cup final later this month.

But Kovac has had a challenging first season, facing calls for him to be axed in November when Bayern were nine points behind Dortmund.

A winning run after the winter break carried Bayern above Dortmund, their Champions League exit against Liverpool in the round of 16 again piled the pressure on Kovac.

Bayern had a chance to seal the title last week but slipped up with a draw at RB Leipzig.

Failure to win the Bundesliga would again raise the prospect of a quick Kovac departure.

(Production: Marcus Nagle, Christine Soukenka, Barbara Woolsey)

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