KEEP­ING THE FAITH

NEUER OUT TO SET­TLE GER­MANY’S GOAL­KEEPER DE­BATE AGAINST SPURS

The Times of India (New Delhi edition) - - Times Sport -

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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MANUEL NEUER Tot­ten­ham and Bay­ern are meet­ing for the first time in more than 35 years This sea­son, Neuer has three clean sheets in nine games TOUGH ASK: Tot­ten­ham play­ers train in Lon­don

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