Bayern Munich boss Thomas Tuchel had always admired Manuel Neuer from afar, but seeing how the superstar goalkeeper has been able to return from a devastating leg injury has completely blown the coach’s mind.
“I was kind of in shock when he told me about how he got injured and how bad his injury was — I was doubting if he could come back at this level, but I was hoping he would. I’m very happy that we trusted him and believed in him,” Tuchel told ESPN’s Archie Rhind-Tutt (as captured by @iMiaSanMia). “Once he was pain-free, he showed what level of goalkeeping he has. The winter break helped him a lot. He has a kind of an aura about him that you cannot learn. It’s not written in a book. Coming back this way after such an injury is a fantastic achievement.”
Neuer has been sensational since his return and Tuchel is now getting that firsthand experience of just how impactful that Neuer can be to a team on a day-to-day basis.