The major champions league jubilee has special significance for manuel neuer for several reasons.
Following the demotion of the world champion trio of boateng, hummels and muller to the ranks of the old guard, the 32-year-old has become even more of a focal point. In the first K.O.-home game in the konigsklasse for just under two years and the 100th time in a row. In his 12th appearance in the krosusliga, he had to prove his still existing class against FC liverpool. Stop neuer on wednesday (21.00 a.M.) the zero in the eighth-final play-off against the reds, speaks volumes for a progress of FC bayern munchen.
"We are strong in munich. Liverpool are also strong away from home in some areas," said neuer before the electrifying test of strength. The 0-0 draw at anfield road three weeks ago was a "great signal". The 6-0 win over vfl wolfsburg and the return to the top of the table boosted munich’s confidence for the duel against jurgen klopp’s premier league club further.
"A high win and a nil game, the goalkeeper is also happy," said the national goalkeeper, who is the fourth german player after philipp lahm (112 appearances), thomas muller (105) and oliver kahn (103) to break the mark of one hundred games played. Spain’s iker casillas is number 1 in the UEFA rankings with 174 games played.
For newer the last K.O.-home game in europe’s best league long behind. On 12. April 2017 he made sure that munich’s chances of reaching the semifinals were not over after the first leg of the quarterfinals with a goalkeeping gala in the 1:2 loss to real madrid. FC bayern was still eliminated a week later in madrid, neuer broke his middle foot – and after another injury had to take a break until shortly before the disastrous 2018 world cup.
Since then, there have been repeated discussions about the guarantor of success in the 2014 world cup triumph, as to whether he still possesses the aubergewohnliche klasse der hochzeit. "For me, manuel is still the best goalkeeper in the world. When you see how calm he is on the ball and how he plays out of the back, that’s really strong," said national team colleague leon goretzka at the weekend. "That’s why he’s certainly not in question with me."
Neuer is also set for low. Still?! Because the national coach recently announced surprisingly that his for years untouchable number 1 is no longer so untouchable. Low promised the FC barcelona’s consistently strong marc-andre ter stegen a mission. The six-year-younger has made his claim to a place in the DFB goalkeeper’s circle. Ter stegen is increasingly taking over neuer’s throne.
"It’s like there’s only ever one guy who can stand between the posts. And i am someone who has faced every competition," responded neuer kuhl. Ter stegen’s claims are "legitimate", however.
The departure of long-time world champions thomas muller (29), mats hummels and jerôme boateng (both 30) in the national jersey should also give newcomers pause for thought. The multiple world goalkeeper was remarkably diplomatic about lows’ decision, so as not to upset his teammates or the national coach. The captain did not take a clear position for one side.
Neuer, who will make his first appearance on 18. He was still playing in the champions league with schalke in the 0:1 loss to FC valencia in september 2007, but he wants to prove it to everyone. In neuer’s opinion, belgian thibaut courtois (real madrid), spanish david de gea (manchester united) or france’s world champion goalkeeper hugo lloris (tottenham hotspur) are the international guards he has to compete with.
"I want to show them that I can still do it," the 84-time international announced at the turn of the year. "I’m not at all fed up."He can try his hand in a duel with brazilian world-class colleague alisson becker of FC liverpool.