Neuer blames the grass: “There was a molehill”

Neuer blames the grass: “There was a molehill”
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Manuel Neuer went from caressing the sky for 87 minutes of the game at the Santiago Bernabéu to falling into hell in a matter of seconds. A shot by Vinicius, one of those that the experienced German goalkeeper usually saves with his eyes closed, escaped him and allowed Joselu to equalize and pave the way for Real Madrid’s umpteenth comeback in their favorite competition. When asked about his mistake, the captain of Bayern and the German national team implied that an imperfection in the grass at the Chamartín fiefdom was key in the action that helped the whites to resurrect.

“I have to say that I expected the ball in a different way, more toward my chest. He went a little higher and I didn’t expect there to be a small ‘molecule’ in the grass. This 1-1 is brutal. It is very bitter to be eliminated in this way with a 0-1 score until the 85th minute of the game. We were already one step ahead, we saw ourselves in the final, there are no words,” the German goalkeeper lamented after the final whistle. Same line of criticism that Pep Guardiola used after the first leg of the quarterfinals. “When I played it was a rug… and not today. They have to take care of the grass. I guess they will fix itbut don’t let the president of Madrid and the people take it the wrong way, The stadium has been spectacular, it is an impressive work,” apologized the Spanish coach of City.

Regarding de Ligt’s non-goal, Neuer was emphatic: “The referee let himself be infected by refereeing a match at the Bernabéu. He has to be true to himself. That can’t happen at this level.l”, he stressed.

Meanwhile, Thomas Tuchel did not want to point out his goalkeeper. Quite the opposite: the Munich coach highlighted his numerous saves that kept Bayern alive when Real Madrid pressed harder. “Out of 10,000 times, Manu stops the ball 10,000. This was number 10,001. It is practically ruled out that Manu makes a mistake. And he commits it precisely today after a world-class game. “That is very bitter,” Tuchel said. The sports director Max Eberl He added: “It’s tragic, especially considering that he kept us in the game with all his saves. And then what happened happens. “Zero reproaches.”

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Oliver Kahn also spoke about what happened. The Bavarian team’s former goalkeeper followed the clash in the Bernabéu box as a guest of honor of Real Madrid and compared the 38-year-old goalkeeper’s lapse with the one he committed in the 2002 World Cup final, which Ronaldo took advantage of to score the first of two goals. that would give the fifth star to Brazil. “In 2002 we still had time ahead of us. Unfortunately, Manuel made a mistake in the 88th minute. Before that he made great saves. That is part of the brutal life of the goalkeeper. But Manuel has enough experience to face it. Bayern was close, I feel sorry for the boys,” concluded the one who was CEO of the club between 2021 and 2023.

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