Kimmich: “…then it’s almost over”
FC Bayern is the only Bundesliga club to have won its last seven games. That’s reason enough for Niko Kovac’s team to run up to Bayer Leverkusen with a broad chest on Saturday afternoon. But be careful! Only two of the past nine Bundesliga games in the BayArena could win the record champion; he lost two, five times separated the two teams draw.
The coach is warned: “Under Peter Bosz, they’re playing a few horsepower more to the front. A fight awaits us,” says Kovac and warns of the moments after losing the ball: “They swarm like bumble bees.
With six points behind Borussia Dortmund only wins will help. The competitor Eintracht Eintracht Frankfurt also faces a difficult task. If Borussia fails, the Munich team must be on the spot and close the points gap. On the other hand, what Joshua Kimmich says applies: “If we lose points again, it’s as good as over”. The right-back has also recognized: “Leverkusen has good quality and speed to the front.”
In order to stay on the road to success, Kovac recommends “relaxation and looseness”. And, of course, determination: “We must see to it that we achieve the necessary victories in the coming week.” The tricky cup trip to Hertha BSC awaits us in Leverkusen, followed by Schalke 04 as a guest in the league in the Allianz Arena.
There, the FCB won for the last time after lagging 3-1 over Leverkusen. Corentin Tolisso equalised, minutes later the French World Champion was seriously injured and has been missing ever since due to a cruciate ligament rupture. On the way to his comeback, the midfielder returned to the grass on Säbener Straße for the first time on Thursday and completed a running unit.
Tolisso’s return draws nearer
“He’s feeling really good. I’m expecting him in April, Corentin has set March as his goal, which I would naturally be delighted to see,” reports Kovac, who doesn’t hide his appreciation: “He’s a player we don’t have at FC Bayern, he’s incredibly important. Just like the eleven colleagues who have to expand their current winning streak in Leverkusen.