Bayern Munich goalkeeper Manuel Neuer has warned his team-mates of the perils of attempting to sit back and defend their 2-0 advantage in Wednesday night's Champions League quarter-final, second leg against Juventus.
Despite the two-goal advantage, Neuer says he would rather Bayern pick up where they left off at the Allianz Arena and go in search of the away goal to kill the tie.
“We did well in the Munich encounter, but we cannot just sit on the 2-0 lead,” he told reporters on Tuesday. “We want to win the game."
Many have already written Juve off, so dominant were Bayern in the first leg. However, Neuer is ruling nothing out, revealing that he has even braced himself for the possibility of a shoot-out.
“I’m a goalkeeper and, as part of my job, I have to prepare for the possibility of penalties," he explained.
“Let’s just hope it doesn’t come down to that... But it is not going to be easy tomorrow and we all know that.”
Neuer is at least buoyed by the fact that Bayern have arrived in Turin brimming with confidence after clinching their 23rd Bundesliga title at the weekend with a record six rounds to spare.
“It was important to wrap that up and we are obviously delighted,” the Germany international said of the 1-0 win at Eintracht Frankfurt. “It’s always a bonus to go into a game on the back of a positive result.”
Bayern's eagerly-awaited second-leg showdown with Italian champions Juventus will get under way at 20:45CET.