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Manuel Neuer and the Copenhagen masterpiece with a message

2023-11-30T20:18:27.781Z

Highlights: Manuel Neuer and the Copenhagen masterpiece with a message. FC Bayern hold Copenhagen to a goalless draw thanks to Manuel Neuer. Leon Goretzka: "For me, Manu is the best goalkeeper in the world" Neuer has kept a clean sheet in four of the seven games so far, and he has yet to make a mistake – but has kept his team in the game on several occasions. Thomas Müller is happy about Neuer's extension – and that the team needs him.



Status: 30.11.2023, 21:02 PM

By: Manuel Bonke, Hanna Raif, Vinzent Tschirpke

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Manuel Neuer has only been back in goal for FC Bayern for a few weeks. But it wasn't just on Wednesday evening that it became clear how important it is. Also for the DFB.

Munich – A 0-0 draw until shortly before the end is always rewarding for players who want to prove themselves.

If FC Bayern's game against Copenhagen hadn't been able to tip in any direction by the final whistle, one or two spectators would have already left the Allianz Arena or switched off the TV.

Manuel Neuer
Date of birth:Mar 27, 1986 (age 37)
Association:FC Bayern Munich
Position:Goalkeeper
Market value:5 million (Source: transfermarkt.de)

FC Bayern hold Copenhagen to a goalless draw thanks to Manuel Neuer

But as it was, when the 87th minute came on and Mohamed Elyounoussi wanted to get serious, Manuel Neuer knew that he could only win. His pregnant wife Anika in the stands, Julian Nagelsmann in front of the TV, and certainly Marc-André ter Stegen in Spain: they all saw the 37-year-old's two brilliant saves, which sent a clear message.

Leon Goretzka summed it up after the clean sheet against the Danish champions: "For me, Manu is the best goalkeeper in the world." It wasn't too long ago that this sentence was a standard phrase in the environment of FC Bayern and the German national team.

Manuel Neuer held on to the point shortly before the end against Copenhagen. © IMAGO/Bernd Feil/M.i.S.

Team-mate Leon Goretzka praises captain Neuer: "Manu stands for himself"

But because times changed almost exactly a year ago, people sat up and took notice shortly before midnight on Wednesday evening when Goretzka began to sing the praise. The DFB colleague said: "Manu stands for himself. He's been in a league of his own for most of his career."

And even if he didn't mention ter Stegen's name, it was quite easy to interpret how Goretzka would answer the goalkeeper question with a view to next year's home European Championship. Something like Adidas CEO Björn Gulden, who said in 360Media's "Spielmacher" podcast: "When Manuel Neuer is in your goal, the defense is always better."

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Müller is happy about Neuer's extension – and that the team needs him"

The numbers since his return to the Bayern goal tell a similar story. Neuer has kept a clean sheet in four of the seven games so far, and he has yet to make a mistake – but has kept his team in the game on several occasions. Against Darmstadt, in Dortmund and Cologne, and now also against Copenhagen.

"It's good that we've extended Manu's contract," said Thomas Müller with a view to various brilliant performances, adding with a laugh: "He can still do a little bit." You can see that in the rarely necessary saves like on Wednesday (Neuer: "We were lucky there"), but above all in the security that comes from the keeper and is visibly good for the team. Neuer has also noticed "that they're happy that I'm back. I'm happy that the team needs me."

Manuel Neuer and the Copenhagen masterpiece with a message

It is to continue until at least 2025 – that has been clear since Tuesday. And as of now, Neuer really doesn't need to hide from anyone. Although he himself is still holding back with declarations of war in the direction of ter Stegen, it has long been heard that Nagelsmann is also impressed by the performances of the Bayern captain and will probably make a change of goalkeeper in the next friendlies in March.

"We are still in good contact", said Neuer and announced at least a return to the squad: "We all assume that I will be there if everything goes normally." It is only logical that he does not mean the bank.

Neuer still has two highlights in mind, at least. The EURO – and the final at home the year after. "A nice game in Munich" is still waiting for him, he said: "That's where we want to go." FC Bayern know that a new player in top form is an advantage. The sting of 2012 is still deep – why not believe in a happy ending? Then with Neuer Junior in the stands.

Manuel Bonke, Hanna Raif and Vinzent Tschirpke report from the Allianz Arena

Source: merkur

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