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Neuer wary of Drogba threat
Bayern Munich goalkeeper Manuel Neuer believes his side must stop Didier Drogba if they are to win the UEFA Champions League.
The German giants meet Chelsea in the final of Europe's premier club competition at their own Allianz Arena stadium on Saturday.
The Blues stunned holders Barcelona to beat them 3-2 on aggregate in the semi-final, after a memorable backs-to-the-wall defensive effort when reduced to 10 men in the Nou Camp.
But Neuer expects the London side to adopt a more attacking approach against Bayern.
"Chelsea are tactically very well-schooled and they showed that in both games against Barcelona," said the Germany international.
"I don't think they are going to be as defensive against us as they were against Barcelona.
"That is not to say they will go all-out attack, but they will probably play a controlled attacking style."
And the 26-year-old stopper has identified Drogba as the danger man for a Bayern side robbed of defenders Holger Badstuber and David Alaba, as well as holding midfielder Luiz Gustavo, through suspension.
"He is a very good striker and has a strong physical presence and he knows how to put himself about," added the former Schalke man.
"We have seen this season in the Champion League how dangerous he is."
The German side will pose an attacking threat of their own, with striker Mario Gomez already having passed the 40-goal mark this season.
But Gomez is under no illusions as to the task ahead of him.
"We know they are a very strong team with lots of experience and players who have been around at the highest level for up to 15 years," he said.
"They are in the final because they deserve to be here."
Bayern will be the first side to play the final in their own stadium during the Champions League era and Gomez claims the city is buzzing ahead of the showdown.
"This is the only thing people are talking about," he added.
"The anticipation is huge. We are beginning to realise now how big this is, having the Champions League final in our own city.
"There is a special atmosphere and everybody in the club is looking forward to this game."
Saturday is Bayern's last chance to win silverware this season after Borussia Dortmund beat them to both the Bundesliga title and the DFB-Pokal.
And Neuer believes the Bavarian side must make home advantage count.
"We are not putting ourselves under too much pressure because it is a home game, we have got to use that to our advantage," he said.
"We have the same hotel as before any other home game, we have our own dressing room, we have all we need to feel good and we have got to make the most of that.
"Then we have the fans behind us. We have got to take advantage of this.
"We can't wait for it, it is the highlight of the season and we know that it is getting closer.
"This is the biggest title you can win in club football. This is the biggest highlight of my career so far and, in club football, this is the greatest.
"We deserve to be in the final. We know that it is our biggest game, and a home game with people behind us, and the signs are good for us.
"Everybody wants to get their hands on this trophy."
Date: 2012-05-18 10:26:14