Neuer takes aim at Usain Bolt’s football skills as he praises Alphonso Davies
Bayern Munich goalkeeper Manuel Neuer has made a tongue-in-cheek dig at Usain Bolt’s short lived football career when comparing him to Alphonso Davies.
Davies’ express pace was on display for Bayern as they comfortably beat Chelsea 3-0 at Stamford Bridge in the first leg of their Champions League last 16 tie.
Deployed at left-back instead of his favoured position on the wing, the Canadian assisted Robert Lewandowski’s goal and was widely praised after the victory.
Speaking in his post-match interview, Neuer was asked if he had ever seen a player run as quickly as Davies and the 33-year-old jokingly compared him to Bolt.
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“There was a player in Australia, but he wasn't very good with the ball,” Neuer joked, referencing the eight time Olympic gold medallist sprinter’s short lived stint as a striker for Australian club Central Coast Mariners.
“Alphonso played very well today,” Neuer continued. “Defensively, I yelled at him once. You can't give him too much credit because we want him to keep playing the way he did.”
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His fellow Bayern team-mate Thomas Muller was also full of praise for Davies, labelling his performance “world class”.
“The lad is blessed with a rapid sprint, the sort we've not had at Bayern for a long time,” Muller said.
“The applause from the fans at full time was fully deserved. He's learnt a lot tactically since he's been here. It was a world-class performance.”
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BT Sport pundit Owen Hargreaves was also complimentary, saying: “What an athlete he is by the way, 19 years old.
“He’s a winger, he’s played as a full-back this season and he’s been absolutely outrageous. The pace of him and Gnabry down that left-hand side, they were scary.
“I think it was just a step too far for Chelsea. This is a very, very good Bayern team."
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