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Stefan Kiessling:
Neuer and ter Stegen are geniuses

By Laura Brandt

Former Germany striker Stefan Kiessling has praised Manuel Neuer and Marc-André ter Stegen ahead of Bayern München's clash with FC Barcelona.

Manuel Neuer.
Manuel Neuer.Photo: Steffen Prößdorf, CC BY-SA 4.0

Germany's main goalkeepers meet on Friday as Manuel Neuer and Bayern München lock horns with Marc-André ter Stegen and FC Barcelona at the quarter-final stage of the Champions League on Friday.

In the build-up to the game, former Bayer Leverkusen striker Stefan Kiessling has waxed lyrical about the two German shot stoppers.

"Marc and Manuel are world-class goalkeepers, geniuses between the posts. I can't say who's the better player. Manuel impresses me with his consistency and the experience that comes with it. He has been the number one in the national team for a decide, and even a serious injury couldn't stop him. That maybe leaves Marc a little bit in the shadow. But it doesn't change the fact that he is world class," Kiessling wrote in a column for Kicker and added:

"Both are absolute artists, and each is in a class of his own. With Manuel Neuer, I became particularly aware of this in training with the national team. Some of the saves he made were unbelievable. His overall package is astonishing. He's strong on the line, in the air and a phenomenon with the ball at his feet. Additionally, he's very, very aggressive, sometimes even risky.

"Marc has been under great development at Barcelona, particularly from a footballing perspective. I'm sure that he could also play as a number six. He makes every teammate calm with his passing game and security on the ball. He conveys this calmness with his body language, so as a striker you ask yourself how you're going to outsmart him."

1Marc-André ter Stegen
2Nélson Semedo
3Gerard Piqué
15Clément Lenglet
18Jordi Alba
20Sergi Roberto ↩46
5Sergio Busquets ↩70
21Frenkie de Jong
22Arturo Vidal
10Lionel Messi (C)
9Luis Suárez
26Iñaki Peña
11Ousmane Dembélé
17Antoine Griezmann ↪46
31Ansu Fati ↪70
24Junior Firpo
33Ronald Araújo
44Óscar Mingueza García
4Ivan Rakitić
28Ricard Puig Martí
42Ramón Rodríguez Jiménez
46Ludovit Reis
FC Bayern
1Manuel Neuer (C)
32Joshua Kimmich
17Jérôme Boateng ↩76
27David Alaba
19Alphonso Davies ↩84
6Thiago Alcântara
18Leon Goretzka ↩84
22Serge Gnabry ↩75
25Thomas Müller
14Ivan Perišić ↩67
9Robert Lewandowski
26Sven Ulreich
39Ron-Torben Hoffmann
29Kingsley Coman ↪67
2Álvaro Odriozola
4Niklas Süle ↪76
8Javi Martínez
21Lucas Hernández ↪84
10Philippe Coutinho ↪75
11Mickaël Cuisance
24Corentin Tolisso ↪84
35Joshua Zirkzee
42Jamal Musiala

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