Kahn: Guardiola could struggle at Bayern
Former Germany and Bayern Munich Goalkeeper and Captain, Oliver Kahn feels that ex Barca coach, Pep Guardiola could struggle at Bayern Munich. Current manager Jupp Heynckes will be leaving the club at the end of the season and there Pep is heavily linked with a move to Bayern.
“Pep Guardiola is heavily influenced by Barcelona’s footballing culture. He didn’t just coach their first team and reserves, but also played there for 11 years during his active career. Not many clubs have such a strong own identity as Barcelona,” Kahn wrote in his column.
“It could be difficult for him to adapt to life at another club such as Bayern with his strong ties to Barcelona’s philosophy. I’m not only talking about the language barrier. Just remember what happened with Jurgen Klinsmann. The changes that he had planned didn’t go down well with the club.
“If Bayern were to go after Guardiola, they will both have to compromise. Why not a transitional year with both Heynckes and Guardiola? With Heynckes working in the background helping to smooth things over as Guardiola instills his philosophy.
“Courageous decisions and fresh ideas are needed in order to guide Bayern into a new era and set new standards in Europe.”
Romeu ruled out for 6 months with injury :
Chelsea midfielder Oriol Romeu is expected to be sidelined for six months after undergoing knee surgery.
The 21-year-old Spaniard suffered the injury in the first-half of Saturday’s 3-1 win at Sunderland and he went under the knife after he was assessed in London instead of flying to Japan for the Club World Cup.
Gareth Barry charged by F.A
Gareth Barry has been charged by the FA with verbally abusing a match official as the aftershock of Sunday’s tempestuous Manchester derby continues to rumble on.
It is understood that the Manchester City midfielder aimed his comments at one of referee Martin Atkinson’s assistants or fourth official Mark Clattenburg as he left the pitch after Robin van Persie’s injury-time strike gave United a dramatic 3-2 victory.
Leali targets Buffon’s place at Juventus within three years :
“I would happily sign for it now to become Buffon’s heir in three years’ time,” Leali was quoted as saying by Tuttosport.
“He is an idol for me. I still look back at my time with him and [Marco] Storari in the dressing room at the start of the season with pride. I was impressed by everything he did.It would already be a dream for me to return to Juventus to be Buffon’s back-up.”