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Bayern Munich's Sven Ulreich: It's not easy to replace Manuel Neuer

Bayern Munich's Sven Ulreich: It's not easy to replace Manuel Neuer
From ESPN - October 12, 2017

Bayern Munich goalkeeper Sven Ulreich has told ESPN FC he has to fill the boots of "the world's best" as he stands in for the injured Manuel Neuer.

Speaking at the launch of Bayern's new partnership with Audi, Ulreich said: "If you let in a goal, you know people are thinking Neuer would have saved it."

Germany goalkeeper Neuer, 31, was injured in training last month and will be out for at least six months.

And Ulreich, 29, said: "Manu is the world's best goalkeeper so it's not easy to replace him.

"But I am not Manuel Neuer, I am Sven Ulreich. I always give everything, but it is normal that I cannot keep out every shot on goal.

"I have learned so much from him in training. I have improved my technique, my kicking, my shot-stopping and my reactions."

Heated exchange on goalkeeping today with Bayern number one Sven Ulreich pic.twitter.com/SAwZwMgDz3

Mark Lovell (@LovellLowdown) October 11, 2017

Ulreich, who joined the Bundesliga champions from Stuttgart in 2015, added: "It's different at Bayern because you do not see much action during games.

"At Stuttgart, you had to deal with shots from the first minute, which is good for a goalkeeper. At Bayern, you might get only one shot on goal and you have to save it. If you do not save that shot, you are in trouble.

"It's one of the biggest clubs in the world and it's a very intense time -- but I am really happy to be able to play for a club like this."

Ulreich allowed a speculative Maxi Arnold free kick to slip away from him in the home draw with Wolfsburg that proved to be Carlo Ancelotti's final league game in charge.

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