"We defended sloppily and didn't take our opponent critically," admitted the Croatian ahead of Bayern's rematch with newly-promoted Fortuna, who had come from three-1 down to rescue a well-known point within the Allianz arena. "Now we want to position right what we did incorrect in the first game."

On Sunday, Bayern placed four past the Rhineland membership and conceded simplest one, returning them to the pinnacle of the Bundesliga after name rivals Dortmund had temporarily usurped them in a single day.

. With simplest five games to play, Kovac's side at the moment are just one point clear and boast a vastly advanced intention difference (+17).

for the reason that that humiliating draw against Düsseldorf, which saw Bayern slip to fifth, 9 points adrift of Dortmund, Bayern have received 15 in their 17 Bundesliga video games. They've fought their manner returned into a name race that they now lead.

Kovac has made a point of focusing on the football, which is less difficult said than done at a club nicknamed "FC Hollywood". In his press convention after the overcome Dortmund last week, he criticized the media's dependancy of constantly digging for stories far from the pitch – in this example, a post-fit birthday celebration hosted by means of Jerome Boateng.

"simply allow humans do what they want to do," he said. "We play soccer, but [for you] it's handiest ever about aspect problems and sensation." And in advance of Sunday's experience to Düsseldorf, his managing of a mid-week training bust-up between Kingsley Coman and Robert Lewandowski become calm.

"The 3 folks discussed it together and both gamers apologized," he stated, smiling serenely at newshounds who insisted on asking approximately the reason of the dispute. "It changed into education, there are feelings. Let's take a look at it positively: it suggests we're alive."

The confrontation reflects the competing visions which Bayern's two alpha adult males have for their membership, and Kovac has been stuck in the center. He's focusing at the football and closing out the noise around him as nice he can.

Even in the dressing room, rumors persist that all is not properly. Lewandowski was hardly subtle in his grievance of Kovac's "too defensive" gambling fashion after the removal against Liverpool and, according to ESPN, teammates have unfavorably as compared training under Kovac to sessions under Carlo Ancelotti. However Kovac has his advocates, too.

"to start with, it was: 'He's the appropriate train!'" stated Joshua Kimmich in an interview with the Welt am Sonntag broadsheet this weekend. "on the start of the season, we have been winning our video games without difficulty but then we were given sloppy. There have been masses of character mistakes which the train couldn't do anything approximately."

With 5 games remaining, Kovac is focusing at the task to hand – triumphing a 7th consecutive Bundesliga title and making and prevailing the German Cup very last. however now not even a domestic double may additionally be enough to keep him.