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Niko Kovac has signed a three-year deal with Bayern Munich after the newly-crowned German champions paid €2.2 million ($1.9m) to trigger a release clause in his Eintracht Frankfurt contract. "We were knocked out by them last year and we want to do better this year", Salihamidzic said.

"Niko played for Bayern, and knows the people in charge, as well as the structures and DNA of the club very well", Salihamidzic continued.

The Bundesliga leaders on Friday announced Kovac would take over the reins from Heynckes, who was initially named caretaker coach for the 2017/18 campaign and was always intending to remain in the role for just one season.

"I hope Ronaldo does not have a good day", said the 72-year-old Heynckes, who coached Madrid to Champions League glory in 1998.

Frankfurt sporting director Fredi Bobic blasted Bayern for not getting in touch beforehand, and for the timing of its announcement. In games like this, the team performance is important.

The European Cup's most-played fixture and a veritable continental Klassiker, Bayern Munich v Real Madrid needs no introduction.

"I have good memories of our treble season".

"The offer has surprised us at this stage of the season, but we owe a lot to Kovac", Bobic told reporters at a news conference on Friday. "That information made it to the outside - definitely not out of Frankfurt - is very annoying, unprofessional and lacking in respect".

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Roma have lost their last six two-legged ties against English clubs, but Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp rejected suggestions that his side got the lightest possible matchup, saying: "If anybody think this is the easiest draw then I can not help this person; they obviously didn't see both games against Barcelona".

Heynckes returned in an interim capacity - his fourth time at the Bayern helm, with the previous three reaping a Champions League title as well as four Bundesliga crowns and a DFB-Pokal - in October 2017 after Carlo Ancelotti was sacked.

Frankfurt can still win a title this season as Kovac's men clash with Schalke in the German Cup semi finals on Wednesday.

Born in Berlin to Croatian parents, both brothers played for the Croatian national team as well as Bayern.

And they will be facing a player in James Rodriguez with a point to prove.

"Yes, there was an option for Niko Kovac to get out of the contract if an absolute European top club came".

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