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Guardiola casts doubt over Bayern future

ESPN staff
May 2, 2014
Pep Guardiola guided Bayern Munich to the Bundesliga title in record time © Getty Images

Pep Guardiola has cast doubt over his future as Bayern Munich coach by saying the club must decide whether he is the right man for the job.

Bayern were knocked out of the Champions League by Real Madrid on Tuesday in humiliating circumstances, with the holders losing 4-0 at the Allianz Arena and 5-0 on aggregate.

"The club must decide if the coach is the right one for the club," Guardiola said at his press conference ahead of Bayern's clash against Hamburg in the Bundesliga on Saturday.

"I have my ideas as a coach. I must convince the players and coach them that way. Next season, we will play 100% with my ideas. I can't coach this club or players without believing in my ideas.

"If you lose 4-0, something is wrong. I realised after 5/10 minutes we had a problem against Real Madrid. When you lose, I always look at myself to see what I did wrong and look to the future."

Former player and manager Franz Beckenbauer, who is an honorary president, criticised Guardiola for his style of football after the loss to Madrid, saying: "Bayern are not right. This is something that we have known for weeks. The disappointment is huge. I can't change what I feel and what I feel is we must play with the ball and attack as much as possible".

Guardiola guided Bayern to a 24th Bundesliga title in record time with seven games to spare. They will also take on Borussia Dortmund in the German Cup final on May 17.

The Spaniard, though, previously suggested he would walk away from Bayern if the club were not satisfied with him and his work.

Speculation of a return to coach Barcelona has gathered pace in recent weeks, with current manager Gerardo Martino's future at the Nou Camp being questioned due to their quarter-final exit in the Champions League and losing the Copa del Rey final to Madrid. Barca are also four points behind La Liga pacesetters Atletico Madrid with two games remaining.

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