- Title: Bayern eye at least last eight in Champions League
- Date: 17th September 2019
- Summary: MUNICH, GERMANY (SEPTEMBER 17, 2019) (REUTERS) VARIOUS OF BAYERN MUNICH PLAYERS DURING TRAINING (2 SHOTS) ROBERT LEWANDOWSKI TRAINING JOSHUA KIMMICH TRAINING WIDE VIEW OF TRAINING PHILIPPE COUTINHO (BACK TO CAMERA) AND IVAN PERISIC TRAINING VARIOUS OF COACH NIKO KOVAC SPEAKING TO PLAYERS (2 SHOTS) PLAYERS WARMING UP COACH NIKO KOVAC TALKING TO ASSISTANT COACHES SQUAD JOGGING (2 SHOTS) GOALKEEPER MANUEL NEUER TRAINING (2 SHOTS) PHILIPPE COUTINHO SPRINTING WIDE VIEW OF TRAINING VARIOUS OF PLAYERS TRAINING (7 SHOTS) NEWS CONFERENCE WITH COACH NIKO KOVAC (SOUNDBITE) (German) BAYERN MUNICH COACH, NIKO KOVAC, SAYING: "We were unlucky in the draw last year and we were knocked out by the Champions League winner. A year before that, we got Besiktas and Sevilla and last year it was Liverpool. Such is life. We have a new season, and we have new luck so our first aim is to go past the group stage and then as a second aim to go further than last season. That's our goal and there is nothing to debate about that. But then I am sure, I am convinced that this year we will get further than last year." NEWS CONFERENCE IN PROGRESS (SOUNDBITE) (German) BAYERN MUNICH COACH, NIKO KOVAC, SAYING: "We are playing at home tomorrow and our job will be to work on the opponent from the very first minute so that we dominate the game like we showed in Leipzig during the first 45 minutes and again in the last 20 minutes. If we achieve this kind of level then we have a good chance of winning tomorrow's game. But we know that Red Star have very good players in their squad. Marko Marin plays there and he is the key player. But they are also good defenders who work with great discipline." PHOTOGRAPHER NEWS CONFERENCE WITH MANUEL NEUER (SOUNDBITE) (German) BAYERN MUNICH GOALKEEPER, MANUEL NEUER, SAYING: "Since we were knocked against Liverpool our motivation is huge and we are convinced by our team. We know that we have quality in our team and that we are very hungry. We have a lot of young players who desperately want to win this trophy and the older ones who won it before want to win it again. So we have a good mix and we will do everything we can to get it." TRAINING IN PROGRESS
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- Keywords: Bayern munich Red Star Belgrade Champions League training Niko Kovac Manuel Neuer
- Location: MUNICH, GERMANY
- City: MUNICH, GERMANY
- Country: Germany
- Topics: Soccer,Sport
- Reuters ID: LVA001AX1O8XR
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- Story Text: Bayern Munich coach Niko Kovac is "convinced" Bayern Munich will improve on their round of 16 elimination from the 2018-19 Champions league when they begin this season's campaign against Red Star Belgrade in Munich on Wednesday (September 18).
Last season they suffered an early exit, eliminated by eventual winners Liverpool 3-1 in the Round of 16, and Kovac, speaking in Munich on Tuesday (September 17), said:
"We have a new season, and we have new luck so our first aim is to go past the group stage and then as a second aim to go further than last season."
Bayern have not enjoyed a dominant start to their season, losing the German Super Cup to Borussia Dortmund and are lying in fourth place in the Bundesliga after four matches, two points off the top, although Robert Lewandowski is top scorer in the Bundesliga this season with seven goals.
The Bavarians, who have won the last seven league titles in Germany, last lifted Europe's top club trophy in 2013.
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