FC Bayern can’t get rid of the goalkeeper problem

Time is running out, so is Kimmich
FC Bayern can’t get rid of the goalkeeper problem

By Till Erdenberger

Manuel Neuer won’t play for Bayern Munich again this season, that’s for sure. Who will represent the captain in the important games of the German football record champions on the way to the titles is still unclear. Hurry up.

FC Bayern currently only have one healthy goalkeeper with significant experience – but he can’t keep up with the club’s lofty goals. They are convinced of this with the German record champions and therefore want to place a new short-term number one in front of Sven Ulreich after the season stoppage of Manuel Neuer, seriously injured. But it remains difficult. And time is running out. Because the puzzle remains complicated.

FC Bayern missed the first internal deadline set for the search for a new goalkeeper with a bang: in fact, the T question should have been clarified by January 6 and the start of the training camp in Qatar. However, it didn’t work. According to ‘Kicker’, FC Bayern officials have set the Bundesliga restart against RB Leipzig for January 20 as the next deadline to clarify their most urgent personal details.

Manuel Neuer will be long missed by FC Bayern. The national goalkeeper broke his tibia and fibula during his World Cup vacation. Recently, rounds have shown that the injury could be more serious and complicated than initially thought. Manuel Neuer is 36, when it was quickly thought that the captain of Bayern should even fight to continue his career. However, Neuer himself had left no doubt that he wanted to be in goal for the DFB in the European Championship on home soil in 2024 – and therefore play for FC Bayern at the top level again. previously.

With Ulreich in the first key game?

A mixed situation which makes difficult the return of Alexander Nübel, who has made it known on several occasions that he has no desire to work with – and in case of doubt in the shadow of Neuer at FC Bayern. Not yet. After leaving FC Schalke, he was allowed to play three competitive games for FC Bayern, and he is now very happy at AS Monaco. Nevertheless, Nübel, as the “kicker” writes, should not be opposed to a change back – even if only for half a series. The 26-year-old is under contract with FC Bayern until 2025, if Neuer does indeed return for the new season, Nübel will probably have to travel again. This would probably be the easiest external solution for FC Bayern.

Sporting director Hasan Salihamidžić’s managers must first secure the high goals for the second half of the season: In February, Paris Saint-Germain in the knockout stages of the Champions League is a huge obstacle. And after RB Leipzig’s successful run, the league is more open than it has been for a long time, even though Marco Rose’s side are currently six points behind. The problem: Next week FC Bayern are due to travel to Leipzig for the Bundesliga summit (Friday, 8.30pm/Sat.1, DAZN and on ntv.de’s live ticker).

“We’ve played number one with Ulle for the past few years. We all trust him completely. He’s played a few games this season and has always been exceptionally good,” said Joshua Kimmich – and nonetheless urged action: ” Nevertheless, there is no question that we still need a goalkeeper.” Coach Julian Nagelsmann covered on Thursday: “There are several options. I think it’s obvious. Ulreich did it very well. However, I think we have a duty to get a new goalkeeper . Whether as number one or number two.” Trust in Ulreich is great, but not without reservation.

Long-term planning, it is clear, only passes through Manuel Neuer. All those responsible for the record champions are still aware of how things went last time, when they wanted to initiate change beyond Neuer. Neuer simply bit the designated successor Nübel, who was probably promised a double-digit number of appearances in his first season. “I’m not an extra, I’m a protagonist and I always want to play,” he said at the time, referring to Nübel’s ambitions. “Which manager would pick players who aren’t the best? I believe I’m the best even though I’m not 17 anymore.”

Messi and Co. are already at the door

Inconceivable that DFB captain Neuer could be replaced without resistance this time. Especially since he came back from his last injury in top form: in 2019/20, FC Bayern won five titles, largely supported by their outstanding goalkeeper. Neuer’s ambition remains intact. They must therefore plan with and around it – and above all, quickly find a solution that justifies sticking to the stretch goals. Sven Ulreich is highly regarded at the club, but mostly for the way he presents himself as number two.

Yann Sommer remains the preferred candidate for number one, but his club Borussia Mönchengladbach continues to wall. Sommer’s contract with the Bundesliga rival expires this summer but officials are still reluctant to change. It is complicated. Also because the Swiss national goalkeeper should have a contract with Bayern until 2025. But first, FC Bayern must clarify its presence: the first big match is in nine days. At RB Leipzig, without Manuel Neuer. Everything else is a pie in the sky. The transfer window closes on January 31. Two weeks later, Paris Saint-Germain arrived with Lionel Messi, Kylian Mbappé and Neymar.

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