Germany international Manuel Neuer has admitted that Bayern Munich were not switched off during the first half of the league clash against Hertha Berlin which cost them dearly in the form of a 2-0 defeat. The German champions were pegged back in midweek where they played out a surprise 1-1 draw against Augsburg at home and another winless game has meant that they have relinquished their advantage at the top.
Speaking after the game, Neuer said: “We were not 100 per cent present in the first half. The issue of missing opportunities remains a big one – this was the case again [against Hertha]. We were optimistic at half-time that we could still turn it around. In the Champions League everything is possible because we won the first game [against Benfica]. We are all professional enough and know what football is like.”
Bayern Munich manager Jupp Heynckes is confident Manuel Neuer will return to full fitness ahead of this summer’s World Cup finals in Russia. The Germany international has yet to feature for the Bavarian giants due to a broken foot, but he is likely to make a comeback before the end of the season.
Speaking to reporters, Heynckes admitted that there is no hurry for Neuer to make his return, and the club are prepared to wait for his full recovery, he said: “We are not pressuring him. There is no timeframe, there is no deadline. Personally, I am convinced that he will play for us and will play in the World Cup but in the end that is something he has to decide, together with the medical team, when he returns. He can’t afford to take any risk and I don’t think he will.”