• News

‘Insane professional’ Neuer lauded after yet another strong CL display

Manuel Neuer - Bayern Munich
Getty Images

Bayern won comfortably on their European night, but it could’ve been an entirely different story if not for the German’s heroics.

Manuel Neuer may have failed to register a clean sheet in Bayern’s 3-1 win over RB Salzburg, but he was probably the most influential player in the Champions League fixture.

The German shot-stopper was tested multiple times by the Austrian opposition and each time bar one it was he who came out on top, producing a remarkable 10 saves.

His magnificent double save to deny Mergim Berisha and Enock Mwepu was the finest moment of a match that included well-worked goals from Robert Lewandowski, Kingsley Coman, and Leroy Sane.

The 34-year-old’s heroics helped Bayern maintain their perfect record in Group A and progress to the last 16. 

“Manu has been playing sensationally for over a year. With him, the goal for the striker is getting smaller and smaller,” a delighted Hansi Flick told Sky Sports after the full-time whistle, via Goal.

“He is in the form of his life. He is an insane professional and very focused on his job.”

Neuer added: “We have conceded too many goals recently. It was, of course, also down to the opponents. We played against a strong team. We lost the ball too easily and that hurt us. 

“For me, it is important that we won today and are group winners. You do what you can.”