Kovac looks to defence
By Thomas Zeh. Last Updated: January 1, 1970 1:00am
Bayern Munich's Robert Kovac feels that a strong defence will be the key as the German outfit hope to maintain their 3-1 first-leg lead in Wednesday's UEFA Champions League game against Arsenal.
The Bavarian giants boosted their confidence with a good 1-0 home win over Werder Bremen on Saturday, and Kovac believes they have to repeat this solid defensive performance against the English champions if they are to progress in Europe.
Arsenal have endured a somewhat underwhelming season to date, although their attacking prowess cannot be doubted and Bayern face a tough task in repelling the likes of Thierry Henry and Dennis Bergkamp.
"I believe that we can expect a similar game in England, where Arsenal will have to attack and we'll be forced to stay well in defence. We have to keep a clean sheet and then we'll be through to the next round," said Kovac.
The Croatian stopper will start at the heart of the Bayern defence with Brazilian star Lucio, and the fine performances of the duo have not gone unnoticed across Europe.
The partnership has ensured that Bayern have only conceded four goals in 2005 and now Kovac's advisor has admitted that major European clubs are tracking his progress.
The 30-year-old is currently in talks with Bayern about extending his contract as his current deal expires at the end of the season, although he could be tempted away by a move to Serie A.
"Juventus, Turin is interested in him," declared the player's advisor Jurgen Milewski.