Bayern Munich goalkeeper Manuel Neuer waited a while to draw even on the Bundesliga shutout record held by Oliver Kahn, but the Germany international finally secured his 196th clean sheet after weeks of falling victim to a struggling backline.
“We have had ups and downs in the recent past, after the Kiel game we had a boost in motivation that we want to present ourselves again like FC Bayern and to dominate again,” said Neuer after his team’s 1-0 victory over FC Augsburg (as captured by Tz). “I think that was a sign of the competition.”
Neuer’s 196th shutout was not easy and, in fact, a bit lucky since FC Augsburg’s Alfred Finnbogason hit the post with a penalty kick. However, the legendary goalkeeper was probably deserving of some good karma. Neuer has been outstanding all season for Bayern Munich and has not wilted even when his defenders have struggled for extended periods of time.
Still, Neuer knows there is still work to be done. And he also knows the his latest achievement has just become a goal for another young keeper to reach for in the future.
“You have to try to get better and better,” Neuer said to Sky (as captured by Abendzeitung). “Who knows who will break the next record in the future? Goalkeepers will come after me.”