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Bayern Munich’s Thomas Müller praises Manuel Neuer’s clutch saves against Hoffenheim

Bayern wasn’t perfect, but Manuel Neuer was.

FC Bayern München v TSG Hoffenheim - Bundesliga Photo by Stefan Matzke - sampics/Corbis via Getty Images

Bayern Munich led for the majority of Friday night’s match against Hoffenheim. While three goals and an unfortunate red card will highlight the stat sheet, Bayern’s defense conceded three solid chances in three minutes between the 63rd and 65th minutes. Manuel Neuer was the only reason those opportunities weren’t converted into game-tying goals.

In his postgame interview, Thomas Müller acknowledged that Bayern’s victory lacked fluidity for the entire 90 minutes but also commended Neuer for another stellar performance.

“We did some good things in the 90 minutes, some not so good. We really needed Manuel Neuer at a time when things could have turned out differently. In the end we did well, but we lacked a bit of fluidity. We were active against the ball, but we didn’t create enough chances with the ball. It wasn’t perfect, but a 3-0 win is still okay,” Müller said (as captured by @iMiaSanMia).

Neuer recorded his seventh shutout in 12 starts since his October return. Only league-leading Bayer Leverkusen have given up less goals than Bayern this season. But with Neuer back between the pipes and a rematch looming on February 10th, Bayern hope to reclaim their spot at the top of the table sooner rather than later.

Looking for more thoughts and analysis on Bayern Munich’s 3-0 victory over Hoffenheim in the Bundesliga? Check out our Bavarian Podcast Works — Postgame Show on Spotify or below:

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