Bayern Munich has called in a surprise press conference on Wednesday with Manuel Neuer. The press conference will be held at 12 noon CET.
What’s the Story?
According to Bild, Neuer has been planning this press conference for a while and has nothing to do his recent injury. He has torn his calf muscle during the 4-1 win over Fortuna Dusseldorf on Sunday, where he was forced off due to injury in the 53rd minute.
The Press conference has raised many questions. The conference is being considered highly unusual due to a number of reasons.
First, injured players never call for a press conference. Second, Bayern plays on Wednesday and they have a pre-match conference two days later. So calling for another press conference before that is strange.
Heart of the Matter
Bayern Munich and Germany’s captain Manuel Neuer has been struggling with injuries in the recent seasons. He also missed the last season due to injury.
Question marks have been raised on his performance between the sticks as well. Many believe he is way past his prime. Especially in the International set up, Barcelona’s Stegen has been widely tipped to replace him as the number one due to Neuer’s poor form.
Now, the news of media gathering being called on Wednesday by Bayern is been looked like a possibility of Neuer hanging his boots. He has been widely regarded as the best keeper in the last 7-8 years. He played a key part in Bayern’s treble and Germany’s 2014 World Cup win.
Neuer changed the methods of goalkeeping completely by his sweeper keeper strategy. His sweeper keeper method led to inspiring many more young modern keepers to follow him. As a result, a lot of goalkeepers now are modern sweeper keepers.
Bayern Munich will play Werder Bremen this Saturday at Allianz Arena in Bundesliga.
Bayern’s President has already announced there plans to spend big this summer and revamp the squad. They might also end up with a new goalkeeper with Neuer hanging his boots.
It will definitely be emotional to watch one of the greats of goalkeeping hang his boots. But, let’s wait for the press conference to get the confirmation of the reported news.