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Neuer: We can hardly wait for it to start

Postby FCBayernNews » Wed May 16, 2012 5:20 pm

The colourful Champions Festival opened its doors at Munich Olympic Park on Wednesday afternoon. The city's streets are draped in flags, and the local media are devoting hours of broadcasting time and yards of column inches to reports previewing the big match. With three days still to go until kick-off, there is no avoiding the Champions League final in the Bavarian capital. "You see it immediately when you drive or walk through the city," reported Manuel Neuer. The FCB keeper and his team-mates are infused with a huge sense of anticipation: "Naturally, we can hardly wait for it to start," Manuel stated.

"We're looking forward to it more and more," confirmed Mario Gomez, "you start thinking much more frequently than normal about possible situations in the match, about things which might happen. Every player knows it's something very special. Everyone at the club is looking forward to this match. There's a special atmosphere." The sense of anticipation is almost tangible, "and it gives you a feel for the true dimensions" of the event, Mario continued. The game is indeed historic, as FCB are the first team ever to reach the Champions League final at their home ground.

In the circumstances, it is essential the stars try to remain relaxed. "We're looking for some kind of distraction," said Gomez. As for Neuer, he has a concrete plan for cutting out the background noise and concentrating totally on his job: "For the time being, I'm not reading the papers and I'm not watching reports on the TV. They're talking about it all the time on the radio too, so it's better to put on a CD."

Last weekend's DFB Cup final is also no longer relevant at the club. "The target we're aiming at now is much too big for us to be wasting time thinking about the past," said Gomez, "I think it's nowhere in anyone's head any more." The deadly striker then added with a deadpan expression on his face: "Maybe the good thing is that we've made all the mistakes we're going to make and there won't be any on Saturday."

The focus at the club is now exclusively on the final against Chelsea. "We know what's at stake," said Neuer, reporting his impressions from training, "the positive tension and the focus are growing with every hour. It's the highlight of the season. We're all really looking forward to it, and I hope that'll be obvious on the field of play."
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