Bayern Munich shot-stopper, Manuel Neuer has set a novel Bundesliga record with the 197th clean sheet of his career in the German top flight as the league leaders ran riot against Schalke 04 on Sunday, 4-0 it ended.
The Gelsenkirchen-born player has initially equaled Great Oliver Kahn record for the Bundesliga clean sheets as the German machines upended Augsburg in a one-nil victory over Ausburg three days ago.
The thirty-four-year-old player was voted FIFA’s best goalkeeper of 2020, a feat better than the previous record set by Kahn.
Kahn bagged 557 Bundesliga matches, for Bayern and Karlsruher, to reach the old mark, which current Germany ‘keeper Neuer has surpassed after 423 league games for the Bavarians and former club Schalke.
On Sunday, Neuer pulled off saves to deny Mark Uth and Suat Serdar in Gelsenkirchen.
However, the former Schalke 04 goalkeeper said he hopes Schalke avoids relegation having come through their academy before joining Bayern in 2011.
“I hope Schalke stay in the league and manage to turn the tide,” Neuer said after brushing off questions about his record.
Schalke is at the base of the Bundesliga log with seven-point from eighteen games and is ten points away to come out of the relegation zone as the German club is rocked with financial crises worsened by the global epidemic.
“They had one or two chances and we didn’t defend as well as we could have done.” He said
The four-nil victory, which saw Thomas Mueller score twice, sent Bayern seven points clear of second-placed RB Leipzig in the table
Robert Lewandowski, Thomas Müller, and David Alaba scored the goals as the defending champions moved seven points clear at the top.
Joshua Kimmich was the man of the match with an assured performance, which also saw him notch two assists.
The emphatic victory saw Bayern move to 42 points, with RB Leipzig second on 35.