Neuer: ‘Bayern will attack’

Bayern Munich goalkeeper Manuel Neuer insists his team are not going to the Camp Nou on Wednesday night to try and defend.

The Bavarians take on Barcelona in their Champions League semi-final first leg clash having suffered a number of key injuries in the lead-up to the game, but Neuer remains confident of putting on a good performance.

“We know how important this match is but we are the German champions and the Champions League is still very much up for grabs,” he told reporters.

“We’ve played very well in the competition this season while there’s a mutual respect between Barca and us, so I’m sure we’ll put in a top display.

“Bayern will not be going there to sit back as we want to show who we are and go out to attack. It’s vital we get a goal.

“The way we set up and how many defenders we play is not important because what matters is our attitude. We won’t simply defend.

“I’m sure some of the best players in the world are going to feature in this match.”

The 29-year-old was asked his opinion on countryman Marc-Andre ter Stegen, who will be between the sticks for Barcelona.

“He’s a very good goalkeeper, has an excellent reach and reads the game really well. I have a good relationship with him from the German national team, although he hasn’t been called up lately.

“He’s playing very well and I wish him all the best for these two games. He hasn’t reached his peak yet,” maintained Neuer.

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