Captain Neuer's clean sheet the foundation for the treble
There was high praise from Oliver Kahn for Manuel Neuer after a sensational performance in the victory over Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League final: "He was on hand in those little moments when Paris could have scored. That's what marks out a great goalkeeper, the kind of goalkeeper FC Bayern need." Der Titan knows best.
Praise from the opposition
Neuer did not keep a clean sheet against any old attack in the final. Paris Saint-Germain had scored in 34 consecutive matches in Europe's elite club competition. The last time they failed to find the net was in 2016. The Germany keeper put an end to their streak, shining with a number of impressive saves. The French outfit had three gilt-edged chances but Neuer denied them with aplomb. PSG coach Thomas Tuchel commented: "He's taken goalkeeping to another level, that's clear. He's at his very best, unfortunately for us."
Neuer first shone after 17 minutes, when an unmarked Neymar pulled the trigger, but the Germany keeper got a leg to it. The 34-year-old kept going and also intercepted the Brazilian's attempted pass to Ángel Di María.
Tower of strength
Philipp Lahm's successor: Neuer captained the team when he won his second treble.
Neuer also made sensational reflex saves against Ángel Di María (24'), Kylian Mbappé (45') und Marquinhos (70'). Mbappé shot from an offside position shortly before the final whistle, but the referee's intervention did not matter because Neuer the Wall was not to be overcome on Sunday. One of the 2013 treble heroes played a crucial part in Bayern's second treble. In Thomas Müller's eyes, Neuer was one of the main reasons for Bayern's European glory in 2020: "The mentality is brutal, the quality is superb – and we have Manu in goal."
Neuer kept a clean sheet, with Kingsley Coman scoring the match-winner up front. All info on the French winger: