Munich - Champions Bayern Munich look unstoppable as they
charge towards a record fourth consecutive Bundesliga title with the future of
coach Pep Guardiola the only real mystery in the Bavarians' squad.
Seven points clear of second-placed Borussia Dortmund and a
record-breaking 10-match winning streak for a maximum 30 points since the start
of the season, Bayern take on Eintracht Frankfurt on Friday and can extend
their lead to 10 with their rivals in action against Werder Bremen a day later.
But reporters are unlikely to focus on Eintracht and more
likely to keep pressing Guardiola over his future.
"It is always the same issue, the same question,"
the Spaniard, whose three-year deal runs out at the end of the season, told
reporters this week ahead of their 3-1 win over holders VfL Wolfsburg in the
German Cup on Tuesday.
"I am not going to answer this. I am not in the mood
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With the questions likely to persist as long as there is no
definite answer, it is not only the media who want to hear from the coach, who
has led Bayern to two consecutive German league titles and a German Cup in his
previous two completed seasons at Bayern.
Club bosses and players would love Guardiola to stay on and
boost their silverware haul closer to his 14 titles he won in his four years at
Barcelona, with the Champions League crown the ultimate prize.
A string of transfers in the close season with wingers
Douglas Costa and Kingsley Coman among others, have proved a hit so far and
made Bayern even stronger despite the injury absences of Arjen Robben and
Franck Ribery in the early part of the campaign.
But the Spaniard has yet to give any indication of which way
he is leaning.
"The opinion of the players is very clear," said
Bayern captain Philipp Lahm. "We like working with our coach and he is an
"I can only say what the team wants and that is for the
coach to stay on. Everything else is not in our hands," he said, adding he
had passed on this message to his coach.
Victory over Eintracht will only increase the number of
questions regarding Guardiola's future with CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge saying
contract talks would take place before the end of the year.
Having won the last six matches against Eintracht without
conceding a single goal, Bayern are odds-on favourites to extend their winning
streak against them.
Eintracht have won just one of their last six league matches
and suffered an ignominious German Cup second round exit on Tuesday to
third-tier Erzgebirge Aue but slim hopes of an upset by the underdogs are still
"It would not be smart to go into the game doing damage
control," warned Eintracht CEO Heribert Bruchhagen. "Bayern are a
mighty force. But that does not mean that sometimes they may not win."For
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