Bayern Munich manager Niko Kovac has claimed that the suspension of Thomas Muller for both games against Liverpool for their Round of 16 tie in the Champions League was annoying, but is confident they can deal with their opponents despite the German’s absence.

Muller was shown a straight red card for a rash tackle on Nicolas Tagliafico during the final group game between Ajax and Bayern Munich, with UEFA confirming that the player would be suspended for two games.

Kovac has expressed his annoyance over the two game suspension and revealed that he was hoping that the player would be barred for only one game. However, he is confident the other players can step up and get the job done.

“I have expected it actually. A red card means you will get banned from two matches, two yellow cards are a one-match ban,” he said, according to Goal.

“UEFA didn’t want to lower a red card punishment to a one-match ban. Therefore, it is normal. I am happy the ban wasn’t extended.

“Missing the games against Liverpool is quite annoying for Thomas and the team, as well. But if he’s not able to play, someone else will. That other player will perform equally as good, so we can be successful.”

It remains to be seen who will come out on top in the two-legged tie between the two teams, with Liverpool also facing a crisis in defence. Bayern themselves are placed third in the Bundesliga standings, so it will be an interesting contest between the two sides.

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