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Manuel Neuer reflects on crucial saves against Neymar and Mbappe in the 2020 Champions League final

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Bayern Munich goalkeeper Manuel Neuer has opened up about the all-important saves he made during the 2020 Champions League final against Paris Saint-Germain.

PSG had a number of chances to come away with a goal, but it was Bayern in the end who grabbed a 1-0 victory. Neither Kylian Mbappe nor Neymar played to their true potential, with Neuer thwarting their every chance and putting in one of the best performances of his career.

Mbappe missed multiple chances, including a first-half effort from point-blank range where he shot the ball straight at Neuer. Neymar also fluffed his lines, including a one-on-one with the Neuer which went out for a corner.

Kingsley Coman came back to haunt his former club with a second-half header to give the German champions their sixth European crown.

Neuer has now looked back on the game and his performance, and spoke about how much he needed the saves to keep Bayern in the game.

He told SportBILD: “The saves against Neymar and Mbappe in the first half certainly were special.

“It was like the 2014 World Cup final, you are only sure when the referee blows the final whistle, all the pressure falls off and you can believe you did it.”

Neuer recorded three clutch saves in the final, and while he didn’t come away with the match of the match award, it certainly was one of the most impressive performances from the Bayern shot-stopper.