Forgot Password

 

Register

 

Create your Connect ID

This will allow you to login to all DStv websites & applications




or
Login using
x

Email Reset

 




Loading...
Loading Live Scoring...
*All times CAT (GMT+2)

Football | Germany

Bayern mum over Guardiola speculation



Bundesliga leaders Bayern Munich declined to comment on speculation about a possible deal with former Barcelona coach Pep Guardiola.

"Unfortunately we will not be commenting on these rumours," a club official told Reuters when asked about reports that the successful Spanish coach, who has taken a year out, was close to a deal with the Bavarians.

Current coach Jupp Heynckes, who took over in 2011 and steered Bayern to the Champions League final last season, has yet to win any titles but, judging by his team's superb performance this season, that could soon change.

Bayern are top of the Bundesliga with a nine-point lead after 17 matches with the best offence and defence of the league, having scored 44 goals while conceding seven.

The Bundesliga resumes this week after a month-long winter break and Bayern also face champions Borussia Dortmund in the German Cup quarterfinals.

They have also advanced in the Champions League to set up a round-of-16 clash with Arsenal next month.

The 67-year-old Heynckes, in his third spell at Bayern, has a contract until June and club boss Uli Hoeness, his close friend, had said he would hold talks with him early in the year to decide whether he would stay for another year or not.

Heynckes, who guided Real Madrid to Champions League victory in 1998, was brought out of retirement to replace the sacked Juergen Klinsmann in 2009 for a handful of season-ending games and returned to Bayern again two years later.

Bayern's ultimate goal is to win the Champions League after losing twice in the final in the past three seasons.

With Guardiola's stellar record at Barcelona, club bosses could be forgiven for looking towards the 41-year-old Spaniard.

Guardiola, who stepped down at the end of last term after four triumphant years in which Barca won 14 of the 19 trophies they contested including two Champions League crowns and three La Liga titles, has confirmed he will return to coaching next season.

Bayern are not the only club in Europe capable of paying his wages and Guardiola has been linked in media reports with a number of high-profile management positions, including those at Manchester United, Manchester City and Chelsea should they become vacant.

Shop

Gerrard: My Autobiography
Steven Gerrard is a hero to millions, not only as the inspirational captain of Liverpool FC, but as a key member of the England team.
R152.00
Rafa: My Story
Revelatory memoir from the greatest sportsman in the world today.
R182.00
FIFA 14
Xbox 360
R549.00
Mitre Ultimatch Soccer Ball - White
A high quality football, offering high performance at both training and during football matches.
R252.00


Comments

More expert analysis and opinion from Sport24
The opinions expressed by Sport24 experts and bloggers are theirs alone, and do not necessarily represent those of SuperSport

Live Video Streaming

Pre Season Friendly - Sl Benfica v Athletic Bilbao
Athletics - Day 5
Gymnastics - Artistic: Men's Rings Final
Wrestling - Women's 55/63kg & Men's 66/84kg Finals

Sports Talk



Calvin Emeka Onwuka
Football arms race
Those of us old enough to remember the arms race and the cold war years can’t help but feel the...

Dr Errol Sweeney
World Cup refs return home 'battered and bruised'
The World Cup is over for another four years and already the post mortem has started into some...

Sunday Oliseh
What Germany did to become champs
The 2002 Japan and South Korea World Cup saw the Germans lose in the Finals to Brazil, thanks to...

Collins Okinyo
Amrouche is his own worst enemy
Thunder has struck twice with news of Harambee Stars coach Adel Amrouche being slapped with a...

Claudia Ekai
Save our Stars
First and foremost, it is not all over for Harambee Stars in the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations...

Carol Radull
The Harambee Stars' secrets
A week ago Kenya’s Harambee Stars hosted Burundi in our first international friendly this year. I...