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Neuer: Stuttgart are totally unpredictable

For the most part, a football crowd erupts when goals are scored, and the TV highlights focus on brilliant attacking, but Bayern's defensive performance this season is worthy of just as much respect, as the Reds have conceded only seven times in 18 Bundesliga matches. And if FCB keep another clean sheet in Stuttgart this Sunday, it would set a new German top-flight record.

At the same point last term, Munich had let in almost twice as many goals, but this season’s meanness is partly attributable to Manuel Neuer and his skill in marshalling the defenders in front of him. Prior to the clash with South German rivals VfB, the Germany keeper spoke to about the benefits of a strong rearguard, his personal progress, and the challenges ahead.

Interview: Manuel Neuer Manuel, you've yet to let in a goal in 2013, in a friendly or in the Bundesliga.
Manuel Neuer: Yes, it's definitely out of the ordinary. The good thing is that when we keep a clean sheet, it usually means we go on to win, because our forwards are basically always good for a goal. Hopefully the run will continue for a while.