Berlin - Germany goalkeeper Manuel Neuer insists it's
business as usual at Bundesliga leaders Bayern Munich despite a turbulent week
off the pitch for the Bavarian giants.
On the pitch, Bayern are in rude health with an eight-point
lead in the German league table and have only lost twice all season ahead of
Saturday's away match at fourth-placed Bayer Leverkusen.
But director of sport Matthias Sammer admitted on Wednesday
things are "crackling" with tension behind the scenes.
Coach Pep Guardiola announced on Monday he will join
Manchester City next season, while the defence has been ravaged by an injury
crisis and there was an allegation of alcohol abuse against midfielder Arturo
Bayern are struggling at the back after Javi Martinez
underwent knee surgery on Tuesday and with Jerome Boateng and Medhi Benatia
both sidelined, it leaves Holger Badstuber as their only fully fit centre-back.
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New signing Serdar Tasci was concussed in his first training
session on Wednesday, less than 48 hours after signing on loan until the end of
the season from Spartak Moscow.
Then magazine Sport Bild claimed Vidal was repeatedly drunk
during Bayern's January training camp in Qatar, however both the club and
player have said they will take legal action.
Bayern shot-stopper Neuer says all the turmoil has been
blended out as the squad focuses on their game at Leverkusen and says the
claims against Vidal "are not up for debate" as far as his team-mates
"You only have to look at what Arturo does for the
team," said Neuer. "He isn't too good for anything and throws himself
into every tackle."
Neuer says the players have simply disregarded any outside
"The things which they try to stick on the team, don't
affect us. I can only repeat that we stick together," said Neuer as Bayern
prepare to face Juventus in the last 16, first leg of the Champions League on February
23 in Turin.
"We all stand up for each other," he added.For
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