Sven Ulreich has been Bayern Munich’s goalkeeper understudy since moving from VfB Stuttgart in 2015. Despite Manuel Neuer’s grip of death on the number 1 position, Ulreich made the most of his time as the starter, most notably in the 2017/18 season where Neuer was sidelined due to a foot injury against Real Madrid earlier that calendar year.
Fast forward to 2023: Neuer is out for nearly a year after breaking his leg on a ski trip, the return of the Bundesliga and a Champions League date with Paris Saint-Germain looms large, and some people see Ulreich unfit to deal with PSG’s front three. Joshua Kimmich, however, still has faith in the club’s number 2. He said in a press conference that he puts his faith in Ulreich to keep the ball out of the goal (as captured by Twitter account @iMiaSanMia).
“Of course (we trust him), we played with Ulle several times in recent years,” Kimmich said. “We all fully trust him. He has already played a few games this season and has done outstandingly.”
Although Kimmich has voiced his support for Ulreich, the former pointed out that another goalkeeper is a priority to stand in for Neuer (which is something Ulreich is fine with). “There’s no question that we still need a goalkeeper,” Kimmich declared.