It has hardly been a normal week at the club, with Karl Hopfner's birthday, the Champions League draw, and the Martinez transfer. But it's back to business as usual this Sunday with the Bundesliga clash against Stuttgart. “I'd be delighted if we'd talk a bit more about that," Manuel Neuer advised reporters on Friday, because the first home match of the new season “is our top priority."
Following the installation of additional seats at the Allianz Arena, a new record 71,000 crowd will pack the magnificent stadium, with the majority rooting for Bayern to build on last week’s 3-0 opening-day victory over Greuther Fürth. Neuer called on the team to maintain total concentration, and keep a second clean sheet as the foundation for success. “We want to set off on a run at the start of the season," the keeper declared.
However, the stars are well aware that Stuttgart present a different calibre of challenge compared to promoted Fürth. “Stuttgart are a dangerous team capable of beating any other team in the Bundesliga on a good day. We've been warned," Neuer stated.
Philipp Lahm noted that Sunday's visitors VfB have already had much more match practice than FCB due to their successful Europa League qualifying campaign. Furthermore, Bruno Labbadia's men will be determined to make up for an “unlucky" opening-day defeat to Wolfsburg. “They'll be well prepared," said the FCB skipper, “but we're at home, so all that matters is the three points."