BERLIN May 5 (Xinhua) -- No other duel will influence Bayern Munich's future as much as the semifinal of the 20142015 Champions League against FC Barcelona does. Nothing less than the future of the "project Pep Guardiola" is to be decided. On top the future of a squad that so far has been regarded as the best in the club history.
The options are clear: If Bayern were eliminated
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, it would be discussed if the 44-year-old Guardiola continues to work as a coach for the 2015 German Champion and next season start a third attempt to win the most important trophy in World's club football. And it would affect the future of the team's structure and the future of players like Alonso, Bastian Schweinsteiger, Mario Goetze and others.
Despite the sidelined key figures Arjen Robben and Franck Ribery, Bayern in the first leg against the Spanish giant this Wednesday night is keen to avoid that the duel is already decided after the first match.
After all, Bayern's squad faces the best attacking squad in world's football in person of Messi, Neymar and Luis Suarez (worth 108 scored goals this season so far). Everything, starting with a 0-2, would be regarded by the Germans as deadly backlog. A draw would be seen as a helpful result followed by narrow 0-1 or 1-2 defeats, which at least would leave space to strike back in the second leg in the Munich arena in a week's time.
As far as mastermind Guardiola is concerned Bayern expects a genius match plan from the Barcelona-born Spaniard who is facing the most emotional game in his carrier.
He has been working for Barcelona 22 years as a player and coach, winning an impressive record of 14 titles as a coach. Two years after Guardiola left Barcelona, the Spanish club is still relying on Guardiola's work done until 2012.
In the first leg Guardiola, who did 47 internationals for Spain's national team as a player, will have to solve fundamental problems such as the one in Bayern's midfield, Alonso, Schweinsteiger, Lahm and Thiago have not been in best shape lately, and on top the striker position up front.
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