KEEPING THE FAITH
NEUER OUT TO SETTLE GERMANY’S GOALKEEPER DEBATE AGAINST SPURS
London: Bayern Munich captain Manuel Neuer heads into Tuesday’s Champions League clash with Tottenham Hotspur aiming for a display that settles the debate about whether he should remain Germany’s first-choice goalkeeper ahead of Barcelona’s MarcAndre ter Stegen.
The showdown in London will be key in deciding who will win Group B, with Bayern currently top after beating Red Star Belgrade 3-0 in their opener a fortnight ago and Spurs needing a home victory to get back on track after throwing away a two-goal lead in a 2-2 draw at Olympiakos.
Neuer will want to use the high-profile clash to prove his form after a shaky display on Saturday, in which he was twice beaten — including once
Group B: first place. “We should have decided the game earlier for ourselves,” Neuer fumed as Bayern squandered chances before Robert Lewandowski scored what proved to be the winner with his 10th goal in six league games. That display came on the same day Ter Stegen launched Barca to a 2-0 win at Getafe with a sensational long-range pass for Luis Suarez’s opener after snuffing out an attack from the home side.
At 33, Neuer is entering the latter stage of his career and only a strong display at Spurs will silence the raging debate back home as to whether his rival should be promoted and end Neuer’s nineyear reign as Germany’s first-choice stopper. With a high-profile friendly international looming at home to Argentina, Loew is under pressure to drop his captain after ditching other fellow 2014 World Cup winners in March. Neuer has kept nearly 300 clean sheets in just over 600 Bundesliga games.
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