Guardiola frustrated by Bayern leak, says Rummenigge

The Spanish coach is not amused with the recent leaking of team information to the media and is ready to take action against individuals involved

Bayern Munich chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge has stressed that the player who has been leaking information about FCB’s line-ups and tactical plans to the press may find himself in serious trouble with head coach Pep Guardiola.

German broadsheet Bild have been spot on with their predicted line-ups for Bayern in the past few months and also revealed Guardiola’s tactical plan for the game against Borussia Dortmund prior to the game, much to the dismay of the former Barcelona coach.

Guardiola has allegedly threatened his squad that the player responsible for the leaking will be booted from the team and will never play again under him and Rummenigge has now confirmed that Bayern are not amused with the situation.

“This is obviously frustrating for Guardiola. The coach has limited public access to training for a reason. This cannot be happening. Nobody likes this,” Rummenigge told Sky90.

“We will not approach the National Security Agency (NSA) to sort this, but I can only advise the person responsible for this to quit it or he will be in big trouble and not just with Guardiola.”

Regardless of the leak to Bild, Bayern have been in superb form this season and top the Bundesliga table with 35 points from 13 games.

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We speak to international football writer Kris Voakes to find out what’s going wrong at AC Milan, what they need to do to silence a formidable Celtic Park crowd, before we get the player’s perspective from stars past and present.

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Bundesliga Team of the Week: Robben stars for Bayern

The Dutchman makes Goal’s best XI after scoring as his side claimed a 3-0 victory over Borussia Dortmund in Germany’s top flight

All eyes were on the Signal Iduna Park this weekend as Bayern Munich struck a decisive blow in the Bundesliga title race, beating Borussia Dortmund 3-0, but there were performances from all over Germany worthy of inclusion in Goal‘s Team of the Week.

Marwin Hitz takes the No.1 jersey after leading Augsburg to a 2-0 win over Hoffenheim in Bavaria.

His goal is protected by back four of Freiburg’s Oliver Sorg, key in the 1-0 victory over Eintracht Braunschweig, Sokratis Papastathopoulos, Dortmund’s only senior defender on Saturday, Bayern star Dante and Gladbach’s Tony Jantscke, one of the best on the park as Lucien Favre’s side secured a rare win at Stuttgart.

Arjen Robben scored Bayern’s second goal, Hakan Calhanoglu was on target for Hamburg against Hannover, Gelson Fernandes netted the winner for Freiburg and Patrick Herrmann was another of Gladbach’s stars at the Mercedes Benz Arena.

There are four goals amongst the strikers, with Joselu‘s double helping to secure a point for Frankfurt against Schalke and Shinji Okazaki scoring two of his own as Mainz secured a thrilling 3-2 away win against Werder Bremen.

Robben: I would love to play Dortmund every week

The attacker thoroughly enjoyed Saturday’s game as Bayern cruised to victory, but stressed they must keep their feet on the ground

Arjen Robben has voiced his delight with Bayern Munich’s 3-0 Bundesliga win over Borussia Dortmund on Saturday and has joked that he would happily play BVB each week.

The Netherlands international played a key role in Bayern’s victory as he made it 2-0 with five minutes to go with an exquisite chip beyond Dortmund keeper Roman Weidenfeller to effectively put the match to bed, and he thoroughly enjoyed the game at the Signal Iduna Park.

If it was up to me, I would be fine with playing Dortmund every week,” the Dutchman told the official Bayern website.

“I love games like this. These are the games you dream of when you’re a little boy – in stadiums like this, with this atmosphere, against this kind of opposing team. What more do you want.”

Robben then stressed that Bayern cannot afford to get carried away following their win as he realises the match could have gone either way on Saturday.

He added: “We’ve taken a big step, but let’s not forget it was only 1-0 until five minutes from the end, and Dortmund had chances to win it as well. We need to keep both feet on the ground.”

Bayern currently hold a four-point lead over second-placed Bayer Leverkusen, with Dortmund sitting third in the table.

Manchester United, Paris Saint-Germain & the teams that can qualify for Champions League last 16 this week

Several sides are on the cusp of qualification for European football after Christmas ahead of this week’s Champions League action

With the Champions League group stages reaching the decisive stages, a number of teams have set their sights on joining Bayern Munich, Manchester City (both Group D), Atletico Madrid (Group G) and Barcelona (Group H) in the round of 16.

Groups A to D are in action on Wednesday, while the remaining four groups play out matchday five on Tuesday and several teams are one win away from the next round.

In Group A, Manchester United will book their ticket for the knockout stages with a win over Bayer Leverkusen at the BayArena, while even a draw will be enough if Shakhtar Donetsk are beaten by Real Sociedad. Leverkusen, meanwhile, seal progress if they beat United and Shakhtar spill points versus Sociedad.

Elsewhere, Real Madrid can seal top spot in Group B with at least a draw against Galatasaray, while even defeat will see them through if Copenhagen fail to beat Juventus.

French champions Paris Saint-Germain are on the verge of qualifying from Group C as a draw at home against Olympiakos will see them progress, while even a loss will be enough if Benfica fail to beat Anderlecht. That outcome will also see Olympiakos seal a place in the next round.

In Group E, a draw for Chelsea against Basel would see the Blues playing Champions League football after Christmas, while even a loss will be enough if Steaua Bucharest beat Schalke. Schalke will qualify if they beat Steaua and Basel lose to Chelsea.

Furthermore, Arsenal will progress from Group F if they defeat Olympique de Marseille and the game between Napoli and Borussia Dortmund ends in either a victory for the Serie A side or a draw. Napoli, meanwhile, will book their ticket for the knockout stages with a win or a draw against BVB.

Zenit St Petersburg can become the second team from Group G to reach the next round if they beat group leaders Atletico Madrid and victory eludes rivals Porto against Austria Wien.

Finally in Group H, AC Milan will reach the knockout stages if they beat Celtic in Glasgow and Ajax are beaten by Barcelona.