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“insane Professional” Manuel Neuer hailed by Flick

Thu 26 November 2020 | 9:09

Neuer’s superb display in Wednesday’s 3-1 Champions League win over Salzburg, made Hansi Flick described him as an “insane professional”

He made 10 saves on Wednesday, to secure a slot in the Champions League last 16 for Bayern Munich, with Robert Lewandowski, Kingsley Coman, and Leroy Sane on the scoresheet, while Mergim Berisha scored for Salzburg, which ended up with a 3-1 win for Bayern Munich who had Marc Roca sent off midway through the second half.

Heroics of Neuer were crucial for the Bundesliga side to deny the Austrians, especially with a superb double save to deny Berisha and Enock Mwepu.

Bayern’s head coach Flick hailed the 34 years old’s dedication to his craft.

"Manu has been playing sensationally for over a year,"

talking to Sky Sport.

"With him, the goal for the striker is getting smaller and smaller.

"He is in the form of his life. He is an insane professional and very focused on his job."

Flick was not impressed by his side's inability to keep the possession, as Salzburg had 19 attempts on goal in a display characterized by sloppy defending.

"We made our way a little difficult because we lost a lot of balls,"

he added.

"The ball losses must not happen like this. That is insecurity and recklessness. Of course, we have personnel problems at the moment.

"It got better in the second half. I'm satisfied with the efficiency and, of course, we have a world-class goalkeeper at the back."

Although Neuer agrees with Flick’s assessment, he believes it is important to remember their accomplishment of qualifying for the last 16.

"We have conceded too many goals recently,"

he said.

"It was, of course, also down to the opponents. We played against a strong team. We lost the ball too easily and that hurt us.

"For me, it is important that we won today and are group winners. You do what you can."

source: SportMob