Van Gaal eyes Bayern Munich manager role

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Louis van Gaal thinks he is the man to revive Bayern Munich's fortunes.

The Dutch coach is currently in charge of AZ Alkmaar who are on the verge of clinching the Eredivisie title.

Bayern's appalling display in last week's 4-0 Champions League drubbing at Barcelona has left head coach Jurgen Klinsmann struggling to hold on to his job.

Van Gaal's current AZ deal expires at the end of next season and he told NRC Handelsblad: "I'm not interested anymore in joining a small team.

"However, I can definitely see myself in charge at a big team such as Bayern Munich.

"The AZ president and the fans want me to extend my stay at the club and become AZ's Alex Ferguson. However, I still have the ambition to coach a big team or a national side and I will certainly leave AZ in 2010."

Meanwhile, Germany international Philipp Lahm hopes Bayern Munich can produce a much better display when they take on Barcelona at the Allianz Arena in the second leg of their Champions League quarter-final clash.

Lahm, who missed last week's match through injury, is desperate to avoid another thrashing.

He said: "We have to play a good game to show that we are a team capable of playing against the best in Europe.

"We must correct the disaster of the first leg because the four goals were a very painful loss for the whole club.

"Barcelona have a phenomenal team, it will be an honour to face them. Barca are not a group of individuals, they are a team. Each one forms part of the team and then contributes themselves. If (Lionel) Messi plays I will be glad to find myself against him."