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TSV Eintracht Braunschweig v Bayern Munich: Preview

Manuel Neuer will not make the trip to Braunschweig on Saturday, although Bayern Munich coach Pep Guardiola hopes he will be fit to face Real Madrid on Wednesday.

The Germany number one has missed Bayern's last two matches due to a calf injury with 20-year-old Lukas Raeder deputising, as he will again this weekend.

Throwing the rookie into Wednesday's Champions League semi-final is a gamble Guardiola hopes he will not have to take, however.

``Manu's not coming to Braunschweig with us. He's staying here,'' said the Catalan at a press conference on Friday.

``I hope that he will be able to play against Madrid and that he will soon be healthy.

``He's so important for us because he's an additional player who wants the ball, and he can use both feet too.

``But we've got to help Lukas Raeder. He's done a good job for us, but I hope that we'll have Manu on the pitch to help us against Madrid.

``If not, then we will play with Lukas, and I have already spoken to him about this, of course.''

With David Alaba also ruled out of the top-against-bottom clash, Guardiola admits any thoughts he may have had of rotating his side have gone out of the window.

``This is an important game for us as it's our final warm-up before Real Madrid,'' Guardiola said.

``We only have 14 fit players, plus a back-up goalkeeper from the reserves, so we have to play with who we've got.''

Bayern have not won in their last three Bundesliga matches with Guardiola taking the blame for that run, which followed on from them clinching the title in record time.

``We've increased the intensity in training since losing to Dortmund,'' he said. ``That was my mistake, not the players'.''

The Eintracht Stadion is going to be full for what could be the penultimate home match in the Bundesliga for Braunschweig.

They are three points adrift of the relegation play-off berth with coach Torsten Lieberknecht saying they need a ``miracle'' to survive with four games of the season to go.



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