Bayern Munich manager Niko Kovac has claimed that the cup competition in midweek took its toll on both his team and Borussia Dortmund, with the latter dropping points against Hoffenheim despite taking a three goal lead.
The German champions had to extend it until extra time to win their DFP-Pokal game against Hertha Berlin, while Dortmund also went the full 120 minutes but lost in the penalty shootout to Werder Bremen.
Kovac suggested that the fatigue following the long cup game could be the reason that Dortmund ended up dropping points in their Bundesliga game on Saturday.
"We did a really good job in the first half and temporarily in the second," head coach Kovac told reporters, according to Goal.
Niko Kovac said Bayern Munich's midweek exploits in the DFB-Pokal took their toll during Saturday's 3-1 win over Schalke and suggested the cup could be to blame for Bundesliga... https://t.co/nZuQMjbDdj— Primetweets (@Primetweets_PT) February 10, 2019
"But the 120-minute cup match was noticeable, in Dortmund too. You must not allow that when you're three up after 75 minutes.