Bayern Munich manager Niko Kovac has admitted that the team were disappointing during the 1-1 draw against Nurnberg on the road. The Bavarian giants had the chance to jump four points ahead of Borussia Dortmund with a win but they failed to take the opportunity with Nurnberg producing a resolute defensive display.
Speaking after the game, Kovacic acknowledged that his team struggled to produce a strong performance against the relegated side and suggested that the midweek DFB Cup semi-final had played some part in the eventual outcome, he said: “You could see we had a difficult cup match on Wednesday. Besides, the atmosphere was extremely good today, and Nürnberg did an outstanding job. The spectators really got behind their team.
“Nürnberg fought for every ball and played and defended with passion over 90 minutes. They’ve earned the point. We created chances today but we must still be glad we took a point. We struggled today because Nürnberg did a good job but also because weren’t in normal form. It’s very annoying, we could have opened up a match ball today, we could have moved four points clear.”
Bayern had a tough challenge against Werder Bremen during the semi-final stage of the DFB Cup but they managed to overcome the opposition with a slender 3-2 triumph. With the positive momentum, they were fancied to get the better of struggling Nurnberg on the road but to the surprise of many, the relegated side managed to hold on for a point.
Kovac’s side were guilty of missing notable clear-cut chances towards the end of the game, but they could have dropped maximum points on some other day, had Nurnberg converted with the penalty during the dying stages of the game. Despite the setback, Bayern have a two-point advantage over Dortmund at the top of the table, and another seven points from the final three games would assure them of the league title, considering they have a superior goal difference.