Bayern Munich manager Niko Kovac was delighted by the way his team bounced back to beat Mainz 6-0 at the Allianz Arena on Sunday, after a difficult week for the club.
The Bavarians were knocked out of the Champions League on Wednesday by Liverpool after a disappointing 3-1 home defeat, and the Croatian was criticised by star striker Robert Lewandowski for being too defensive in the tie.
But Bayern moved back to the top of the Bundesliga, thanks in part to a superb James Rodriguez hat-trick in their latest league outing. It's a result which should relive some of the mounting pressure on Kovac.
“A compliment to the lads. We’re pleased we’re at the top again. We saw a lot of zest today, a whole lot of verve, very many good moves,” Kovac told the club’s official website
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Rodriguez's hat-trick was the highlight of a game which also saw Lewandowski score his 30th of the season, before Kingsley Koman and Alphonso Davies complete the scoring for the hosts. That was 18-year-old Davies' first goal for the club.
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