MUNICH: Former Bayern Munich midfielder Stefan Effenberg has warned the club that it would be dangerous to allow coach Pep Guardiola to have too much power.

Pressure on Bayern and Guardiola has grown ahead of tonight’s Champions League quarter-final return against Porto who won the first leg 3-1 in Portugal.

Guardiola has also been criticised after the sudden resignation last week of Bayern’s club doctor Hans-Wilhelm Müller-Wohlfahrt and his medical staff. The long-serving club medic claimed his department had been blamed for an injury crisis.

Effenberg, a former German international. who works as a TV pundit in Germany, believes that the former Barcelona coach must not be allowed to dominate the club.

He said: “Now you have to watch out so that Guardiola doesn’t get too much power and also decides who is going to make up the new medical staff. That could be dangerous for the future of Bayern.”

Effenberg feared that Müller-Wohlfahrt departure “could have a negative effect on the upcoming games in the next days and weeks.”


Asked about his plans, Guardiola said: “My future is: Wednesday free, Thursday training and, of course, next year to be here. That’s my future. The last few months have been the most challenging of my managerial career – I have learned a lot about the passion of football.

“March and April are the deciding months of the season and it’s the same for Porto, Juventus and every team. After the last few months of work, I can promise you we will give it a go against Porto. I am completely convinced they will take their chances and, for me as the manager, that is enough.”