THomas Tuchel has spoken of his positive assessment of long-injured captain Manuel Neuer towards his return. The national team goalkeeper returned to training with Bayern Munich after a break due to problems with his calf muscles. “I spoke to Manu. He’s very positive. I think now I can tell from body language, gestures and facial expressions whether Manu is doing well or not. I would say he is doing well,” Tuchel said on Friday in Munich.
Neuer, who has been sidelined since December due to injury, recently had to step aside with a calf problem. At the end of August, the 37-year-old completed training with his fellow goalkeepers for the first time since a serious ski injury. “It’s not really an injury, but more of a discomfort,” Tuchel said of the recent problems. They are “very vague” and you don’t want to take any chances.
“He remains very positive because he believes that everything can happen very quickly when he trains with the team,” Tuchel said. In his opinion, then Neuer has everything he needs to compete. “I believe that too, he knows himself better than I know him,” Tuchel said. He recently stated that Neuer will train with the team ahead of the international break. The next international matches are scheduled for mid-October.
Neuer is currently represented by Sven Ulreich, including this Saturday (15:30 ticker FAZ in the Bundesliga and on Sky) against Bochum. “We don’t talk much about goalkeepers. This means Olle is doing a good job,” Tuchel said. New national team coach Julian Nagelsmann on Friday left open the question of whether former DFB captain Manuel Neuer will return to the national team after a long break due to injury.
He wanted to give the Bayern goalkeeper the time he needed to recover and regain 100 percent performance. “If a situation arises, we will evaluate it,” Nagelsmann said. At the beginning of the year, Bayern, along with then Munich coach Nagelsmann, parted ways with goalkeeper coach and confidante Toni Tapalović due to Neuer’s injury. Since then, the relationship between Neuer and Nagelsmann has been considered strained.
Source: Frantfurter Allgemeine
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