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Interview: Manuel Neuer

‘I want to win the Bundesliga at last’

Manuel Neuer is an upbeat kind of guy, always offering friendly greetings, always with a smile on his face. There are only two things guaranteed to upset the FCB keeper: goals conceded and defeats. Fortunately, the first half of the 2011/12 campaign only saw 10 of the former and four of the latter in the Bundesliga, partly due to Neuer's supreme composure in the Munich goal.

Purely statistically, he had far fewer saves to make than in his time with Schalke, “and it was a big change," he told in a major interview. Neuer has adapted superbly to life at the nation’s biggest club, and is the undisputed number one goalkeeper for FCB and Germany. In the first part of our interview with Manuel, the 25-year-old reflected on the Doha training camp, and outlined his targets for 2012.

Interview with Manuel Neuer, part one: Manuel, was the 12-day holiday break enough for you to fully recharge your batteries?
Manuel Neuer: I was delighted to get back together with the team, and that has to be a good sign. I really enjoy every training session, although I will admit there were some punishing sessions during the training camp, and there was the odd moment when I'd rather have been lying in bed.