Alex Mott

Manuel Neuer explains why he changed a long tradition against AEK

The captain decided to do something not seen since 1997 on Wednesday.

Manuel Neuer has revealed why he broke with decades of tradition in Bayern Munich’s win over AEK Athens on Wednesday.

The Bavarians beat their Greek rivals 2-0 at the Allianz Arena thanks to a double from Robert Lewandowski.

But the game will almost certainly be remembered for a decision made by the goalkeeper before the game even began.

Since 1997, Bayern, whenever they have won the toss, have attacked the Nordkurve in the first half, and then towards their Ultras in the Südkurve in the second half.

Not this time though, with Neuer the captain confirming that: “I just wanted to change something psychologically”.

Well it clearly worked.