Neuer relishes tough Shaktar tie

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Ahead of tonight’s Champions League clash against Shakhtar Donetsk, Bayern Munich goalkeeper Manuel Neuer is relishing the prospect of playing a do or die encounter, saying that his team like to play such crucial games.

Pep Guardiola’s men were held to a scoreless draw in the first leg of their round of 16 tie in Ukraine and as a result, the Bavarians will need to get an outright win at the Allianz Arena to progress to the quarter-finals.

Neuer, who was voted the third best player of 2014, is aware of the dangers posed by Mircea Lucescu’s side and feels that Bayern Munich will need to keep Shakhtar Donetsk’s counter attacks in check.

“We know we have to be cautious and keep their counter-attacks under control,” the goalkeeper said.

The 2014 World Cup winner added that since his side approach every match with a view to winning, their Shakhtar Donetsk match is nothing but a familiar scenario.

“We basically go into every game looking to win, and this is a game we have to win, we like these situations.

“You can see we retain our composure regardless of what happens, we don’t start doubting ourselves even if something goes wrong.”

And Neuer takes heart from the fact that Bayern Munich’s defence restricted the reigning Ukrainian champions to a solitary effort on goal in the first leg.

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