Returned to his best level, Manuel Neuer returned a flawless copy on Sunday night in the Champions League final won by Bayern Munich against PSG (1-0). The 34-year-old German doorman has stepped up high-class stops.
A wall. A boss match. The proof that he is still one of the best goalkeepers in the world, if not the best, at the height of his 34 years. Like Thiago Alcantara, imperial in midfield, and Kingsley Coman, author of the only goal of the match, Manuel Neuer deserves congratulations from the jury after his XXL performance in the Champions League final won Sunday night by Bayern Munich against PSG (1-0).
Already decisive in the semi-final against Lyon (3-0), the German international was ruthless in front of Neymar, Kylian Mbappé or even Marquinhos.
If the Bavarians did not concede a goal, despite the many Parisian opportunities, it is largely thanks to him. He quickly set the tone with a monstrous double save against Neymar (18th). Found in the box, the Brazilian saw Neuer push back his left strike, then his attempt to cross back. Always like a handball player. Always with strength and authority.
Determining in front of Marquinhos
Just before the break, Neuer did not tremble to quietly capture a too axial shot from Mbappé on a cross from Ander Herrera. In the 70th minute of play, ten minutes after the opening of the scoring Kingsley Coman (59th), Neuer pulled out all the stops to deflect an uncontrolled strike from Marquinhos with his right foot.
Impressive, it is again with the right foot that he disgusted Mbappé for good on a face-to-face (89th). If the assistant referee quickly signaled an offside for the world champion on this action, Neuer did not question and raised his arms after the save in victory.
“I think we deserved to win this final, for the way we played. We were also lucky, but we had Manuel Neuer in the goal”, did not fail to underline Thomas Müller after the meeting. at DAZN’s microphone. The Neuer festival can be seen again in the video above.
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