Niko Kovac, the head coach of Eintracht Frankfurt, will replace Jupp Heynckes as Bayern Munich's head coach after the 2017-18 football season, the German champions said on Friday. "All three of us are shooting together 26 years after Beta and I'm excited about reuniting with my blockbuster jodi".
But it has since become clear that Kovač, a former Bayern Munich player, will take over at the Allianz Arena this summer and Heynckes believes that the Frankfurt boss is "predestined" to call the shots in Bavaria.
"Niko played for Bayern, he knows the people in charge and the club's structures and DNA". "We've convinced he's the right trainer for the future of FC Bayern".
Kovac will be joined at Bayern by his younger brother Robert as assistant coach.
Speaking ahead of the clash at the Allianz Arena, the 72-year-old told the club's official website: "I had lovely years at Borussia, and I've been a decisive player in the club's history".
Frankfurt's sporting director Fredi Bobic was furious, accusing Bayern of being "not professional and disrespectful". In games like this, the team performance is important. Real Madrid and Bayern Munich is now the most played Champions League matchup of all time. He is predestined for the coaching job at Bayern.
"He is innovative, he is one who loves football and also has good communication with his players [which] I have also experienced".
News of Kovac's appointment was leaked to the German press on Thursday evening and was made official by the Bavarian club on Friday lunchtime, with Frankfurt apparently unaware of the appointment until it was made public.
"The timing is unfortunate, and the fact information has leaked to the public - certainly not from Frankfurt, but from Munich - is disrespectful, unprofessional".
The Croat, who had also coached his country at the last World Cup in Brazil, had impressed by helping Frankfurt survive relegation in 2016 before leading them to contention for a European slot for next season.
"They will most likely make the Champions League this season, or if not at least qualify for Europe".
There is an air of nostalgia about the fixtures - the '80s were a glorious period for both clubs, with Roma winning one of its three Serie A titles in 1983 and reaching its only European Cup final the following season.
The Berlin-born coach said a dream is coming true for him in getting the chance to work with a club like Bayern. It proved the turning point: Ronaldo equalised after half-time, Javi Martinez was dismissed and the Portuguese added a second in the closing stages.
Niko Kovac is on his way to Bayern.