Bayern manager Niko Kovac comments about Messi, Real Madrid
Bayern Munich manager Kovac will be debuting in the Champions League, tonight, when his team squares off against Benfica in their group stage encounter. Ahead of the match, Kovac has made comments about Leo Messi and Real Madrid. He thinks Real Madrid are great even without Cristiano Ronaldo and Leo Messi is the best footballer. Further details follow.
The Bayern manager said that Real Madrid's three consecutive wins is a historic accomplishment and it is highly unlikely that the feat will be achieved in the foreseeable future. Regarding Ronaldo's absence, Kovac thinks that Real are still a great side, but they should remember they have won La Liga just once in last three years.
Kovac also made it clear about which footballer he prefers between Messi and Ronaldo. According to him, Messi is, and always will be the best player. Kovac said, "Ronaldo is also a world-class player. His style impresses me. This is not innate but trained. You have a lot of players with natural talent, but you have to develop your own talent."
Kovac stated that he considers Barcelona and Atletico Madrid as favorites, from Spain to clinch the Champions League title. He continued, "PSG and Juventus are favorites too. It is difficult for smaller teams to progress beyond the last 16. The big clubs have a lot more money, the stars in their ranks and a higher quality."
Benfica will be hosting Bayern Munich, the 5-times UCL winners tonight for their first group stage match. The match starts at 12:30 AM and will be telecast on Sony Ten 1 or Ten HD and can be live-streamed on Sony LIV app or the website.