Manuel Neuer wary of Didier Drogba threat in CL final

May 17, 2012, 10:47 IST | Agencies

Inability to control Drogba can cost Bayern the final, 'keeper Neuer warns teammates

Bayern Munich goalkeeper Manuel Neuer admits his side will have to stop the threat of Didier Drogba to have a chance of winning the Champions League.

Red hot: Chelsea striker Didier Drogba. Pic/Getty Images

The German giants will become first side to play in a Champions League final in their own stadium when they meet Chelsea at their Allianz Arena stadium on Saturday.

The Blues booked their place in the final following a magnificent defensive display when down to 10 men against Barcelona in the Nou Camp, but Neuer expects them to adopt a more attack-minded approach in Munich.

“Chelsea are tactically very well schooled and they showed that in both games against Barcelona,” the Germany international said. “I don’t think they are going to be as defensive against us as they were against Barcelona.”

Neuer feels keeping 34-year-old Drogba, who caused the Catalans plenty of problems, quiet will be key for a Bayern side missing centre-back Holger Badstuber and left-back 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,” the Germany international said. “We have seen this season in the Champion League how dangerous he is.” 

On Barca’s radar
Barcelona are looking to lure Drogba to Camp Nou on a two-year deal worth up to £5million a season, The Sun reported. The Spanish giants are looking to add steel to their squad, add muscle to their frontline. Drogba, who is out of contract and could quit the Blues after the Champions League final, has been offered a new two-year deal by Chelsea too. Drogba is also a hot target in China, Italy and USA.

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