Bayern Munich head coach Niko Kovac has reacted to Thomas Muller absence from the team ahead of their UEFA Champions League tie with Liverpool this month. Thomas Muller would miss their Champions League tie against Liverpool due to suspension. Muller was sent off against Ajax in December and will serve a two-match ban after Bayern’s appeal was rejected by UEFA on Monday.
Niko Kovac addressed the issue as it is annoying but has remained confident Bayern can deal with the 29-year-old’s absence for the last-16 tie, which begins at Anfield on February 19. “I have expected it actually. A red card means you will get banned from two matches, two yellow cards are a one-match ban,” he told a news conference.
“UEFA didn’t want to lower a red card punishment to a one-match ban. Therefore, it is normal. I am happy the ban wasn’t extended. “Missing the games against Liverpool is quite annoying for Thomas and the team, as well. “But if he’s not able to play, someone else will. That other player will perform equally as good, so we can be successful. Bayern who had a slow start at the beginning of the season had gradually come back to form and are also keen to take advantage of Liverpool who is nursing a host of injury problems at the same time.
Liverpool will be without a star of their own, as defender Virgil van Dijk is banned for the first leg after picking up three yellow cards in the group stage. which might seems a little difficult at the defensive line. but Jurgen Klopp has received a boost as Alex Oxlade Chamberlain has been added to the team list to entertain Bayern Munich late this Month.
According to gaol.com, Bayern Munich are also in battle to sign Chelsea 22-year-old star Callum Hudson Odoi in the summer, a deal looks unlikely as his owners have concluded that the English player goes nowhere with reasons stated that he has to play for the team to pay back the 12 years spent nursing his career from the scratch.