Monday, 23 April, 2018

Real Madrid-Bayern Munich, Liverpool-Roma in Champions League semis

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It could be an emotional end to the season for Heynckes, who led Real to the 1998 Champions League title but was nonetheless fired at the end of that season, then came back to win the trophy in 2013 with Bayern.

The newly crowned Bundesliga champions announced on Friday the Eintracht Frankfurt boss will take the reins at the Allianz Arena on July 1 on a three-year deal.

However, at current side Frankfurt the tactically astute 46-year-old has forged a reputation as one of the most sought-after coaches in Germany's top-flight - see above video for a more in-depth look at Kovac's Frankfurt - and reaction to the appointment has on the whole been very positive. Accordingly, few Germans know quite as well how to best Madrid in Europe - as Heynckes has already done once in 2012 when he led Bayern past Los Merengues on penalties in the semi-finals (having played the first leg at home).

"We are convinced that he is the right coach for the future of FC Bayern", Salihamidzic said.

Bayern Munich coach Jupp Heynckes has branded their Champions League draw with Real Madrid as "explosive". Kovac has a long playing career in the Bundesliga, was at Bayern between 2001-03.

The 46-year-old is now at the helm of Eintracht Frankfurt - who sit fifth in the table, 26 points adrift of Kovac's new employers - who already have the league title in the bag.

Bayern sports director Hasan Salihamidzic said, "we lost to Real past year and meant to do better this time". Now he has them in contention for Champions League qualification.

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Heynckes is now the Bayern Munich coach (again). "You can't buy the Champions League these days".

Both Frankfurt and Bayern last week denied that Kovac was on his way to Munich. Bayern have thought of themselves and not for a second about Eintracht Frankfurt.

Frankfurt also has a German Cup semifinal match against Schalke next week. "A big fixture, in a very positive way", he said.

Roma's sporting director Monchi said: "This seems the flawless opportunity to achieve the happiness that we couldn't get all those years ago".

Kovac, who was born in West Berlin to parents of Croatian descent, has been praised for fusing together a team of many nationalities, and for its high-pressing attractive style of play.

Thomas Tuchel was reportedly in the running for the vacancy only for Bayern CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge to confirm the former Borussia Dortmund coach - strongly linked with Paris Saint-Germain - has agreed to move elsewhere.

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