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Niko Kovac safe for now but Bayern Munich results must improve soon

ESPN FC's Raphael Honigstein explains why Bayern Munich continue to have faith in manager Niko Kovac despite their 4-match winless streak.
Despite their recent struggles, Bayern Munich players were all smiles at the annual Oktoberfest celebration over the weekend.

"I will defend Niko Kovac to the last drop of blood," Bayern Munich president Uli Hoeness vowed in an interview with Kicker magazine on Monday, insisting that Sabener Strasse was engulfed by total calmness, contrary to reports.

The Croatian coach has escaped censure for a run of four winless games, with most commentators focusing on the German champions' muted activities in the transfer market and the fatigue of key players in their efforts to explain the malaise.

However, despite emphatic backing...

Why Guardiola should feel better than Klopp about Sunday's draw, Kovac in big trouble at Bayern

We were expecting entertainment but got very little. Still, you don't need to spin too much for both Jurgen Klopp and Pep Guardiola to turn the scoreless draw at Anfield into a positive.

Klopp can say the result, after a very poor performance in Naples, shows his side have the mental strength to bounce back. And being on 20 points after eight games -- including matches against Chelsea and Spurs away, plus City at home -- is not a bad place to be. Particularly when you consider they're also in...

Bayern Munich at Oktoberfest: Stars don lederhosen and drink litres of beer

Despite their recent struggles, Bayern Munich players were all smiles at the annual Oktoberfest celebration over the weekend.
Robert Lewandowski and Niklas Sule compete in the beer stein lifting, beermat catching and hat throwing Oktoberfest challenge.

Just as they do at this time every year, the Bayern Munich stars donned their lederhosen to attend the club's annual Oktoberfest celebrations on Sunday afternoon.

The atmosphere was perhaps a little awkward given the team had suffered an embarrassing 3-0 home defeat against Borussia Monchengladbach the previous day -- but copious amounts of beer soon rectified that.

As always, there was a cavalcade of leather and suspenders on show, with the entire Bayern squad stepping out in their traditional...

James Rodriguez earns 4/10 as Bayern Munich bereft of ideas in 3-0 loss to Gladbach

Bayern Munich slumped to their first home defeat of the season, losing 3-0 to old foe Borussia Monchengladbach on Saturday in the original Klassiker.


Bayern find themselves only four points behind league leaders Borussia Dortmund. The margin was five at the same stage last season when Jupp Heynckes took over from Carlo Ancelotti to save the day.


Below-par Bayern are currently bereft of confidence, pace and ideas, failing to score for a second straight Bundesliga game,...

Bayern Munich exposed by Ajax: Staleness and Niko Kovac's inexperience laid bare

Niko Kovac praised Ajax following their 1-1 draw in Group E of the Champions League.
Bayern Munich's Arjen Robben insists his side need to regain confidence after a 1-1 draw with Ajax capped off a week of recent poor results.

After the final whistle had sounded in the 1-1 draw against Ajax, Bayern Munich manager Niko Kovac appeared no less stunned than the Allianz Arena crowd about his team's puzzlingly poor showing.

"I need to first let that sink in and gather my thoughts," Kovac pleaded with TV reporters, making no secret of his struggle to come to terms with the deeply disconcerting concoction of failure he had just witnessed.

Bar the determined, muscular opening 15 minutes of the game, his team had been so sloppy...

Franck Ribery, Robert Lewandowski fail to launch as Bayern are held at home by Ajax

Bayern Munich's Franck Ribery cut a frustrated figure in Bayern's 1-1 draw with Ajax on Tuesday.
Bayern Munich's Franck Ribery cut a frustrated figure in Bayern's 1-1 draw with Ajax on Tuesday.

Below-par Bayern Munich stuttered to a fortunate 1-1 Champions League draw against Ajax Amsterdam, despite taking the lead through a Mats Hummels glancing header in the fourth minute. Bayern were pegged back by Noussair Mazraoui's deserved equaliser midway through the first half, and the record Dutch champions could easily have left Munich with the win but for Manuel Neuer's brilliance in the Bayern goal.


Bayern were fortunate to gain a point and remain joint-top of the group with the...