Bayern boss sends Liverpool warning after rising to second

Matt Stead
during the Bundesliga match between FC Bayern Muenchen and RB Leipzig at Allianz Arena on December 19, 2018 in Munich, Germany.

Niko Kovac hailed Bayern Munich’s 3-0 victory at Eintracht Frankfurt as they closed the gap to Bundesliga leaders Borussia Dortmund back to six points.

Bayern moved into the top two after finishing the year with a fifth successive league win, Franck Ribery’s brace and Rafinha’s lucky finish late on securing the points in Frankfurt despite the hosts threatening throughout.

Frankfurt were well on top early on with Luka Jovic, Sebastien Haller and Danny Da Costa spurning great chances before the visitors finally grew into the match, with Ribery finishing a great team move to break the deadlock 10 minutes before half-time.

Ribery doubled his and the Bavarian’s side account with 11 remaining before Rafinha added gloss to the scoreline when his right-wing cross looped over goalkeeper Kevin Trapp and into the net.

And Kovac was complimentary of his side’s recovery after the sluggish start.

He told “Apart from the first 20 minutes we turned in a really good display. We didn’t disrupt their counters and made a few mistakes at first, but then we put into practice what we had planned.

“Our passing play was quick, with few touches of the ball so that our opponents couldn’t press us. Our last few matches were very good, that’s what marks FC Bayern out.”

Bayern’s win keeps them within touching distance of Dortmund and forward Thomas Muller, who was denied by a superb Trapp save and also hit the crossbar, is looking ahead with optimism as they chase a seventh successive league crown.

“We had slight problems in the first quarter-hour, then we created good chances,” Muller said.

“Frankfurt had one or two shots. We were out of luck when I hit the crossbar, unfortunately I couldn’t connect any better.

“We put up a fight and had good moves. It’s not easy to win 3-0 in this atmosphere in Frankfurt, it boosts our confidence for the second half of the season.”