FC Bayern Munich is unstoppable in the title fight – also thanks to Manuel Neuer. On his record hunt, the national goalkeeper even surpasses the Titan.
Manuel Neuer is far from thinking about the end of his impressive record hunt – much to the chagrin of Oliver Kahn. Keep going, keep going, has long been the motto of the 35-year-old FC Bayern goalkeeper.
“As long as I’m healthy and fit, having fun and being needed, I’ll keep playing. That’s a good plan, isn’t it?” said Neuer and laughed.
In the arduous 3: 2 (2: 1) of Munich against RB Leipzig, the DFB captain set the Bundesliga victory record for Titan. “I said last week that he could leave me some record,” said Bayern CEO Kahn with a smile before the game on “Sky”: “But that’s not the case. This shows his stability and class . If anyone deserves it, it’s him.”
For Neuer it was the 310th success in his 458th league game – Kahn had needed 557 games. There is no end in sight to Neuer’s strong streak.
New holds the victory
Most recently, the world goalkeeper had already raised the question of why it had to be over at 40. His contract with FC Bayern expires in 2023, an extension is imminent.
The top game once again showed how valuable the Rio World Champion is for Bayern. With five class saves (personal best value of the season) Neuer recorded the narrow success of the championship leader.
Of course, he said, “I would have preferred to keep a clean sheet. But it was still a game I liked. We played well defensively against so many attacking players. I’m happy.” And anyway, the win was also “a sign to other teams”.
Thomas Müller (12th), striker Robert Lewandowski (44th) with his 24th (!) goal of the season and an own goal by Josko Gvardiol (58th) and Neuer ensured that Munich remained clearly on course for the title. Defensive problems could not be overlooked, however, and not just when Andre Silva (27′) and Christopher Nkunku (53′) conceded.
FC Bayern remains calm when it comes to personnel issues
Coach Julian Nagelsmann did not want to fix the wobblers on the chain of three. Rather, his team “took too much risk in the first half, the ball loss rate was too high,” he complained.
Neuer took it easy. If a ball “slips through, that’s part of it”. That’s what he’s there for.
But on his record day, the captain also criticized. It annoys “everyone” that defense chief Niklas Süle is leaving at the end of the season, “we will miss him,” said Neuer.
It is “a shame if such a cornerstone of a defense falls away”. Kahn, on the other hand, made it clear once again that there are “certain limitations for the club that we don’t want to ignore”.
In general, pending contract extensions with various leading players have been causing discussions for weeks – especially with the stars Neuer, Lewandowski and Müller. But Kahn emphasized on “Sky”: “We don’t break out in panic attacks. Of course that’s at the top of the agenda.” So that Neuer and Co. can still set a few records.