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Der Klassiker won't distract Bayern from DFB-Pokal tie – Kovac

19:13 EAT 01/04/2019
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The reigning champions face the league leaders on Saturday but the Bayern boss' attention is squarely on a midweek clash

Niko Kovac insists Bayern Munich will not be distracted by the looming Klassiker when they face Heidenheim in Wednesday's DFB-Pokal quarter-final.

A six-match win streak, along with a recent three-game stretch that saw Bayern outscore opponents 17-1, saw them wipe out both the points gap to Dortmund as well as move ahead in the table due to goal difference.

But while it seemed to herald the reigning champions seizing the advantage in the title race, a 1-1 Bayern draw at Freiburg, coupled with a 2-0 Dortmund win over Wolfsburg thanks to a Paco Alcacer late brace, saw the Bavarian club slip to second once more over the weekend. 

The top two meet on Saturday at the Allianz Arena in a massive Klassiker that could go a long way toward deciding the title race.

However, Kovac is adamant that his side's attention will not be diverted from the visit of second-tier Heidenheim before that, as a trip to the semi-final is on the line.

"I am able to hide the Dortmund game," he told a media conference. "And I told my players, it is not relevant now what will happen next weekend. We want to reach the semi-final. BVB comes after this game.

"My focus is on Heidenheim. This is my next job. The match against Dortmund is on Saturday and the game on Wednesday hopefully gives us a positive feeling for the Dortmund game."

Meanwhile, Kovac has confirmed that Corentin Tolisso is making good progress on his recovery from an anterior cruciate knee ligament injury and could feature before the end of the season.

Tolisso has been sidelined since suffering the injury against Bayer Leverkusen on September 15.  

"He is making good progress, we are very satisfied with that," Kovac said. "He looks very smooth, has no problems and his knee is in absolute top shape.

"We will now increase the intensity step by step. He has to confirm how he feels every day. How his knee feels, but also how he feels mentally.

"And I hope he can play some minutes this season, to get his feeling back for the pitch, the opponents, the stadium and the pressure."