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Daniel Perez is expected to make his debut for Bayern Munich tonight (Tuesday, 21:40 p.m., Sports4) in the cup match against third-division Münster, knowing that keeping a clean net will not necessarily be enough. Bayern expects Bay to show not only the qualities that have made top teams in Europe keep an eye on him – such as good instincts in the area and expertise in stopping penalties – but also to show abilities with the ball that will help build attacks.
"Perez is not expected to have too much work to do in his first game with the club, but the club would like to see him contribute to the offensive flow with dedication that builds the attacks from the back line," they wrote last night in Germany, stressing that when it comes to this aspect of the game, Sven Ulreich, who is now the club's top goalkeeper, is lacking.
Manuel Neuer's return to the field continues to be postponed and although he was scheduled to return to team training this week, he is still training individually. Either way, Neuer was and remains the standard, and his extraordinary footplay has redefined the threshold requirements for Bayern Munich. Neuer is known to be a benevolent moralist and to display superior ball control abilities compared to the goalkeeper, and during his absence, Ulreich does not provide an adequate response in this area.
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"Being a goalkeeper at Bayern is different from being a goalkeeper at other clubs," Ulreich said in an interview a few months ago. "At Bayern you don't necessarily have to save too many balls, and you're much more involved in build-up. In Stuttgart we played mostly on long balls, but here you are required to help build attacks from behind and there are very few long balls. When you get the ball, you have to be calm and patient and figure out what the best delivery option is to move the game forward. There is almost always a player available, the question is where, and how well do you know how to channel the ball to him. I get used to it from week to week," Ulreich said.
Of course, these requirements also apply to Peretz, who showed only glimmers of quality footplay at Maccabi Tel Aviv. In a professional profile article published on the Forbes website after Peretz's signing from Bayern, which dealt with his qualities and shortcomings, control of the area was marked as an advantage, while the footplay was presented as requiring improvement.
"At Maccabi Tel Aviv, Peretz was accurate on only 52.7% of his long passes. Neuer is 68.5% and Ulreich is 61.7%. This is a worrying statistic for Bayern fans who are used to goalkeepers who know how to deliver with maximum accuracy," they explained, adding: "There is no doubt that Bayern will emphasize Perez on his build-up ability when he joins training. His ability to adapt to the demands of the Bayern job could determine his future. It will determine whether he will merely be a backup to Sven Ulreich, or whether he can one day challenge Manuel Neuer's status as the team's first goalkeeper. In any case, Perez will have to develop as a goalkeeper according to what is required of him in the unique style in which Bayern plays."
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