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Niko Kovac Calls for Bayern Reaction

Niko Kovac has urged his Bayern Munich side to respond to their defeat at Hertha Berlin when they take on Ajax in the Champions League.

The Bundesliga champions went down 2-0 at Hertha on Friday night and have now dropped to second in the standings in Germany after Borussia Dortmund won 4-2 at Bayer Leverkusen.

Bayern have now gone two games without a win, having been held to a 1-1 draw by Augsburg in their previous fixture.

Kovac has called on his side to get back to winning ways when they take on Ajax in Europe on Tuesday.

“I’m glad a great match awaits us, with two great clubs that dominated European football in the 70s, with fantastic players,” Kovac told the club website. “I wish and hope for a reaction, not only for the match against Ajax but also for the match next weekend [at home to Borussia Monchengladbach in the Bundesliga].”

Kovac expects a stern test against Ajax however, and stressed his side will not underestimate their Dutch opponents.

He added: “Ajax are a very talented team with very high individual quality. You see great quality. They’re a very strong team, they like to have the ball and control the rhythm.”

Bayern won 2-0 in their Champions League opener at Benfica and are level on three points in Group E with Ajax, who overcame AEK Athens 3-0 in their last European match.

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