Eurozone: Guardiola 'may quit at end of season'

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Barcelona coach Pep Guardiola could leave his job at the end of the season and take a break from football, according to his father. The 38-year-old, who won six trophies in his first season in charge, has not signed an extension to his contract which runs out at the end of the season and Valenti Guardiola has hinted his son is considering a sabbatical.

Guardiola snr said: "I don't know if [he] will stay at Barcelona [beyond the end of the season] or if he will take a break from football and relax. The dad is always the last to know about these things."

Guardiola broke Terry Venables' 25-year-old record of league matches unbeaten with a 1-1 draw against Villarreal. Venables' Barça squad went 15 games without losing in the league in the '84-85 season and this point made it 16 for Guardiola's team, although with Real Madrid now too close for comfort it was a draw that tasted like defeat.

Pedro scored on seven minutes from a rebound after Thierry Henry hooked a Dani Alves cross on to the bar. But after having two clear penalty claims turned down Villarreal equalised through David Fuster.