Bayern Munich took their gap at the top of the Bundesliga to seven points with their 1-0 win over RB Leipzig thanks to a goal from Leon Goretzka. There was no shortage of chances from either side throughout proceedings, but Manuel Neuer came away with a clean sheet and had to make a handful of decent saves to do so.
In what was one of the more bizarre storylines surrounding the encounter at the RedBull Arena, that opening whistle was slightly delayed due to a hole in Bayern’s net that must’ve occurred during the warm-ups. For a good five-to-seven minutes, Neuer was seen using his towel to tie a knot to repair the hole, but his efforts were eventually overruled by a pair of zip ties. After the match, Bayern’s captain joked about his creative ingenuity before the opening whistle had blown (Tz).
“I was probably already in the dressing room when the net was broken. The towel was too unsafe for the referee, he wanted the cable ties. Although we had already tied it up tight,” Neuer jokingly said.
Neuer is certainly known for some of his unorthodox “sweeper keeper” tactics, but this may have been the first time we’ve ever seen him try to repair a broken net, right before such an important match for Bundesliga title implications.
As far as the footballing performance from his side, Neuer was impressed with the way Bayern stayed organized and compact, not allowing Leipzig to have too many chances in the first half. The second half was a slightly different story as Neuer was called into action a handful of times, most notably with a spectacular save to deny Marcel Sabitzer midway through the half. “We didn’t allow anything in the first half. In the second, of course, RB did more going forward and started even more aggressively, so we had problems with that. We always want to solve it by playing, but sometimes the long ball is the only way,” he explained.
As far as the title race is concerned, he said: “It was an important step towards the championship, we don’t want to let that be taken away from us.”
Bayern Munich is now seven points clear of Leipzig in the table, but — like always — nothing is a given.