October 19, 2018 / 10:13 AM / 10 months ago

Soccer-Bayern need just a bit of luck, says embattled coach Kovac

MUNICH, Germany Oct 19 (Reuters) - Champions Bayern Munich’s four-game winless streak in all competitions will not force a change of plans, coach Niko Kovac said on Friday, hoping for some luck for his sixth-placed side who travel to VfL Wolfsburg on Saturday.

With club bosses having called an unscheduled news conference for later on Friday, Kovac was relaxed during his regular pre-match news conference, dismissing speculation about his future in Munich.

“Not everything is as grim as it is presented and I also said after our good start this season that not everything was rosy,” Kovac, in his first season at Bayern, said.

Bayern have failed to win their last three league matches.

“Changing everything now would just be doing it for the sake of change and that never works,” said Kovac. “You have to stick to your plan.

“Throwing everything overboard and inventing something on the spot does not make sense. You will never get that from me.”

Bayern, pre-season favourites for a seventh straight league title, have lost two of their last three Bundesliga games to drop to sixth place on 13 points, four off leaders Borussia Dortmund.

“We cannot be negative, we want to be positive,” said Kovac, whose team face AEK Athens in the Champions League next week.

“The work atmosphere is good, we work hard. But we will not question everything because we have a lot of good elements.

“But we need that bit of luck. You need it in life and you need it in sport. If we get that, because we have been creating the chances in every game, then it will work for us again.”

Kovac will have a full squad to choose from with Rafinha, Jerome Boateng and Leon Goretzka back from injuries.

The Croat said Colombian James Rodriguez, who returned from international duty only late on Thursday evening, should also be fresh for Saturday’s league encounter.

“We need to fix some things. We have made too many mistakes that have led to goals. We have to reduce them and we also have to improve our finish,” Kovac said.

“Wolfsburg are better than in the past two seasons. It will be a hard game for us.” (Reporting by Karolos Grohmann; editing by Sudipto Ganguly)

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