Manuel Neuer with a comeback against Salzburg

Manuel Neuer did not let the cool splashes of the lawn sprinkler distract him from the concentrated preparation for his amazing cold start comeback in the FC Bayern goal. With full commitment, the national soccer goalkeeper dived after the sharply shot balls from goalkeeping coach Toni Tapolovic.

Julian Nagelsmann also followed his captain’s final endurance test very closely during the final training session in cool Munich, wrapped up warm in a jacket, wool hat and gloves. After that, the thumbs went up for Neuer and Nagelsmann. “Yes, Manu will be able to play if there is no knee reaction overnight,” announced the coach.

In view of the enormous drop against the bold young bulls of RB Salzburg Nagelsmann must on Tuesday (9 p.m. in the FAZ live ticker for the Champions League and on Amazon Prime Video) take certain risks in the fight for a place in the quarter-finals of the Champions League. And that’s why the 34-year-old leader pushes Neuer onto the starting ramp in the most important game of the season so far – and that only four weeks after surgery on his right knee. “I’m very happy that Manu can play again,” said Nagelsmann.

Thomas Müller emphasized the effect that a goalkeeper giant like Neuer can have on Salzburg’s attackers, possibly also on national team colleague Karim Adeyemi. “If a Manuel Neuer is in goal, the opponents might have a different mindset,” said Müller. He meant, loosely translated, Muffensausen when scoring.

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