Scotland’s game won’t be affected by delay, says Neuer

Germany goalkeeper Manuel Neuer believes Scotland’s preparation and performance won’t be affected by the delay they had after the Georgia game.

Scotland’s quest for Euro 2016 also suffered a blow after losing 1-0 to Georgia to leave them in fourth place in Group D.

After the game the Scots didn’t arrive back in Glasgow until 6am on the Saturday following a three-hour delay in Tbilisi after their plane’s flight had been disrupted by bad weather.

The Bayern shot-stopper conceded it wasn’t ideal preparation but that it would have no impact on their opponents’ game on Monday.

“It was really, really bad luck,” he said. “But I don’t think it has spoiled or will affect their performance at home.

“They know full well it’s a key match for them and one of their last chances to reach Euro 2016 so they will give everything they’ve got.

“If it had happened to any of us there’s no doubt we would have considered it to be not ideal to put it mildly.

“But having said that before the latest World Cup we had a team talk with Hermann Maier the downhill racer and he said from the 150 races he did they were only 10 when he was fully fit.

“So we know full well all kinds of things can happen, negative things will happen but it doesn’t make us go into the game with anything less than 100 per cent.”

Neuer was impressed by the Scotland side that narrowly lost to the Germans 2-1 in Dortmund last year and is looking forward to playing at Hampden for the first time.

“They played very well against us in Dortmund but perhaps it was a different situation in Georgia. Having said that Georgia are not international nobodies they too can play football.

“I think Scotland is now like a boxer who has received a couple of knocks and who desperately wants to show the public that they can do better.

“I don’t think it will change their tactical outlook. They will continue to sit deep and try to score on the counter.

“I’ve never played at Hampden before so I’m looking forward to that.

“I’m looking forward to witnessing first-hand what the great Scottish support is all about – very emotional scenes and getting behind their team no matter what the result. “

 

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