Ex-Bayern professional Rafinha has fond memories of his successful time at FC Bayern and especially his well-known coaches. An event about Niko Kovac, however, still hits him badly today.
Rafinha (35) commented on the podcast “Diz ai, Beca!” about his time with the record champions and said in particular about Kovac: “He didn’t use me, one last time for Bayern Munich, and he spoiled my departure.” What was meant was that Kovac did not let the Brazilian play on the last day of the 2018/19 season in the 5-1 win over Eintracht Frankfurt.
His teammates at the time, Franck Ribery and Arjen Robben, were both substituted on and received a fitting farewell, but the right-back had to stay out in his last home game for Bayern. Instead, Kovac brought the Portuguese Renato Sanches into play, so that all three change options were exhausted.
Despite this episode, however, Rafinha also had positive things to say about today’s AS Monaco coach: “I have a lot of respect for him, he will have a wonderful career.” However, Rafinha added: “But he didn’t respect me.”
Rafinha had much better memories of the other coaches he worked for in Munich: “Jupp Heynckes was one of the best I’ve ever had”, to add: “Guardiola was the best I’ve ever had”. But Rafinha is also impressed by Pep’s successor Carlo Ancelotti. He was “like a father” to him. Ancelotti is “a sacred monster”.
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After leaving FC Bayern in 2019, Rafinha returned to Flamengo, but returned to Europe in summer 2020 and joined Olympiacos in Piraeus. At the beginning of this year, however, he dissolved his contract there and has been without a club since then.