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Neuer keen to crown 'a good season'

Postby FCBayernNews » Wed May 09, 2012 5:50 pm

Manuel Neuer came away from last season's DFB Cup final with a host of fine memories and valuable souvenirs, including pictures of wild celebrations in the dressing room, inspiring mental images, and most importantly of all, a winner's medal. Schalke's victory over Duisburg was the first major triumph of his career, and represented a superb way to bid farewell to his boyhood club. "It was a very special experience," he said on Wednesday, three days before he returns with Bayern to the scene of last season's triumph. Neuer is the only player involved on Saturday capable of coming away with back-to-back cup victories.

"We'll go there with positive feelings," said the keeper, who joined Bayern last summer. And, continued the 26-year-old, his upbeat mood was not simply due to last year's triumph. "We played well there against Hertha [when Bayern won 6-0], and Bayern beat Dortmund there in the cup final not so long ago." Neuer, Bayern and Berlin looks a promising combination.

"But every mistake could be punished," Manuel warned, calling for solid defending and total concentration against Dortmund. FCB have lost their last four meetings with BVB, but the player insisted that fact had no bearing on this occasion: "All we're thinking about is this final. We've forgotten the other matches."

Another match to forget is the Champions League final against Chelsea exactly a week after the domestic cup showdown. That would not be a problem, Manuel insisted: "Obviously, there's a lot of reports about the Champions League final. But everyone saw how overjoyed we were in Mönchengladbach when we made it to the cup final. We're fired up for the match and want to win the trophy."

Neuer was the undisputed man of the match in that cup semi-final away to Gladbach in late March, with several good saves and a crucial stop in the penalty shootout. He is now determined to hoist the golden trophy again. "We've had a good season as a team," said the Germany keeper, "but it'll only be a superb season if we win trophies."

Taking the first of those on Saturday would be a perfect foundation for the second a week later. "The result in the cup final will definitely influence the mood, that much is clear," ventured Neuer, "so we'll do everything we can to win the cup."
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