Neuer: Bayern needed Weiser's moment of brilliance

The winger set up Bastian Schweinsteiger with an excellent dribble and pass against Hertha, which leaves the Bavarians on the brink of Bundesliga glory


Bayern Munich goalkeeper Manuel Neuer has lauded the “moment of brilliance” from Mitchell Weiser which broke the deadlock after they defeated Hertha Berlin 1-0 on Saturday.

Pep Guardiola’s men were struggling to break down the Allianz Arena visitors until the 21-year-old surged to the byline and pulled the ball back for Bastian Schweinsteiger to hammer into the top corner from inside the box.

Neuer, who played his part in denying the capital club from leaving Munich with anything to show for their efforts, gave credit to the opposition for the way they kept Bayern at bay until the 80th minute mark.

“Hertha defended well around the 18-yard box and that’s why we needed Weiser’s moment of brilliance,” Neuer told Sky.

Bayern’s win means they could be crowned Bundesliga champions if Wolfsburg fail to beat Borussia Monchengladbach on Sunday, but Weiser says the focus is on preparing to face Borussia Dortmund in Tuesday’s DFB-Pokal semi-final.

“Berlin played very deep in their own half,” the winger said. “It was a difficult game for us but, luckily, we were rewarded. We’ll probably be watching the Wolfsburg game tomorrow individually, but our focus is already on Tuesday’s game.”

The Bavarians are still in the hunt for their second treble in three seasons after qualifying for the semi-finals of both the Champions League and DFB-Pokal.