Former Germany midfielder Lothar Matthäus has come to the defence of keeper Manuel Neuer ahead of his countries crunch clash with Sweden on Saturday. Matthäus, who captained Germany to their 1990 triumph was a guest of beIN SPORTS Arabic.
Bayern Munich keeper Neuer has been subject to some criticism of his performance against Mexico, particularly after being beaten so easily at the near post as Hirving Lozano scored the only goal of the game. Reflecting on the result, Matthäus who represented Germany at five tournaments, suggested that Neuer who was part of the side who lifted the 2014 World Cup will do better after the mistake.
“Only with the mistakes you will learn and grow up.”
Whilst Matthäus added that as a goalkeeper for Germany the pressure is always on. “Look at Oliver Kahn in 2002 was the best keeper, what did he do in the final against Brazil and Ronaldo, he gifted them the first goal and gave them the goal.”
“This is the job of the goalkeeper, when they make a mistake it is usually a goal.” Added the 57-year old former European player of the year.
Despite having a poor game against Mexico, Matthäus has backed Neuer to come good in their second group encounter against Sweden in Sochi.
“For me when Manuel Neuer is in his best physical condition he is the best goalkeeper.”
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