Bayern Munich midfielder Thiago Alcantara insists starting the new season strongly was important for the German giants, who certainly did that with a 5-0 thrashing of Eintracht Frankfurt in the DFL- Supercup on Sunday.
“We wanted this trophy. We wanted to start the season very strong and we did it,” said Spaniard Alcantara after Robert Lewandowski’s hat-trick led the way in the rout on Sunday.
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However, Kovac told Sky Sports Germany: “There’s nothing new with Robert, it’s clear that he will not leave this club because we have a top striker and we certainly do not want to give him away.
“We want to achieve a lot with him. He is a great footballer, who has achieved a lot in the Bundesliga, scored many goals – and now in the new season certainly will score many goals.”
Lewandowski has a contract with Bayern until 2021 and Kovac added: “It’s right that Robert considers going elsewhere but he has a contract here…he will fulfil as long as possible.”
The Pole has netted more than 100 times for the Bavarian club in all competitions since joining from Dortmund in 2014 and Kovac added: “Robert stands for success and for goals – and he will prove that in the future.”
A young Manchester City came back from 0-2 down to defeat Bayern Munich 3-2 in the International Champions Cup at the Hard Rock Stadium in Miami on Sunday – and Arjen Robben for one was not happy about it.
For the young Cityzens it left their fans with a positive view of the future as Pep Guardiola explained at the press conference afterwards.
Hear what the veteran Bayern wide-man and the City boss had to say below.