Glory for Sweeper Keeper Neuer

Bayern Munich became kings of Europe for the sixth time overcoming Paris St-Germain in the showpiece final in Lisbon on Sunday.

Kingsley Coman’s 59th minute header marked the only goal of the game securing the trophy for Bayern.

In a tightly contested final goalkeeper Manuel Neuer produced a masterclass of the highest level helping his side complete the treble.

PSG were in pursuit of their first Champions League trophy but failed to get past the German international.

Captain Neuer pulled off a crucial double save against Neymar in the first half and denied Kylian Mbappe in the second period.

Praising Neuer PSG manager Thomas Tuchel said: “We have Navas, but Neuer was in top form at the wrong moment.

“He took the goalkeeping game to a new level. Unfortunately for us.”

The World Cup winning keeper’s phenomenal performance saw him have more accurate passes (30) than Neymar and Mbappe combined (24).

Neuer is a keeper comfortable with the ball at his feet, racing off his line to clear danger and distribute the ball setting up Munich attacks.

The decorated keeper is the last line of defence protecting the Bayern Munich high line, seeing him charge out of his penalty area to clear opposition attacks.

Bayern’s style of pressing right to the half way line causes Neuer to almost play like an outfield player through his attacking positional play.

Neuer’s perfectly timed interceptions ‘sweep’ away danger before it could progress further.

Changing the back pass rule means goalkeepers cannot pick the ball up and now have to be more adept with their feet.

Neuer said: “In modern football it’s all about winning the ball back as early as you can and getting to the opposition’s goal as quickly as possible.

“In order to do that as a goalkeeper, I obviously have to play a slightly more attacking style.”

Neuer has now kept a clean sheet in the World Cup final (Germany beat Argentina 1-0) and the Champions League final.

Neuer follows in the line of the great German keeper Sepp Maier who won the World Cup and European Cup with Bayern Munich.

Bayern’s 1-0 triumph over PSG meant he was the first goalkeeper since Iker Casillas in 2014 to lift the cup.

Bayern’s stunning European pursuit means they are the first team in Champions League history to win every game in a single campaign.

Hansi Flick’s impact has been remarkable since replacing the sacked Niko Kovac last November.

Manager Fick said: “I am proud of the team.

“When I saw the headlines in November, all I read was that nobody is afraid of Bayern anymore. The development since then has been crazy.”

Flicks side have been incredibly dominant ending the season with 21 straight wins and are unbeaten in 30 matches.

The German giants scored the most goals in the tournament this term at 42, 15 of those coming from Robert Lewandowski and nine from Serge Gnabry.

It is the second time in their history that they have completed the treble in winning the Champions League, Bundesliga and German Cup.

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