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Borussia Mönchengladbach's Yann Sommer (l.) is ranked as one of the Bundesliga's best goalkeepers - but where does he come against the likes of Bayern Munich's Manuel Neuer (r.)? - © Alexander Scheuber/Bundesliga/Bundesliga Collection via Getty Images
Borussia Mönchengladbach's Yann Sommer (l.) is ranked as one of the Bundesliga's best goalkeepers - but where does he come against the likes of Bayern Munich's Manuel Neuer (r.)? - © Alexander Scheuber/Bundesliga/Bundesliga Collection via Getty Images
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Yann Sommer, Manuel Neuer and the battle to be the Bundesliga's No.1 goalkeeper

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Yann Sommer set a new record for the most saves in a single Bundesliga fixture with a heroic display against Bayern Munich on Matchday 4, but how does the Swiss stopper compare when held up against the rest of the 'Keepers' Union in Germany and its long-term figurehead, Manuel Neuer?

Sommer's performance on week four made headlines around the world as the Foals' custodian made 19 astonishing saves to fend off the Bayern barrage of attacks.

His first to deny Dayot Upamecano was a flying one-handed piece of magic that showcased Sommer's cat-like agility, his double to thwart Sadio Mane proved the 33-year-old's reflexes are still razor sharp, while time and again the Gladbach gloveman repelled his opponents thanks to expert positioning and assured handling. All-in-all, it was a goalkeeping masterclass.

“He’s the best in the world,” hailed USA international Joe Scally after the game.

Watch: Analysing Sommer's record-breaking heroics in Munich

“Every game we just expect it from him because we know he’s the best goalie. He gives the defence so much confidence, he gives the team confidence because we know that if something happens then he’s there to save us. He's just unbelievable.”

Head coach Daniel Farke went on to describe Sommer's performance as "world-class" and few would dare suggest otherwise.

Scally's claims that his teammate is the best in the world, however, requires further scrutiny as Sommer himself would suggest his opposite number at the Allianz Arena rightly wears that crown.

"He's a goalkeeper who has earned a reputation as one of the best in the world in recent years," Sommer told bundesliga.com of counterpart Neuer in 2021.

"For years he has played at a high level. He's a goalkeeper who is very consistent, which I think is significant. If I look at another goalkeeper, he has been consistently at a high level for years, a goalkeeper with plenty of quality, who is happy to play with the ball, has good feet and offers a lot to the team."

There is no hiding from Neuer's pedigree - a goalkeeper who redefined the position, who has more Bundesliga clean sheets than any other player and has won everything there is to in football.

But there is now a cast of characters coming for the Germany and Bayern captain's throne, with Sommer - who Neuer has put in the world-class bracket previously - and RB Leipzig's Peter Gulacsi possibly the most persistent challengers in recent years.

It was Sommer (131) who made more saves than any other player in 2021/22 and he also topped the charts in 2019/20. He has saved 87 percent of opponents' shots on goal after four games of the season, just a nudge out in front of Neuer's 85 percent return in second place.

Watch: Neuer rewriting the history books

Gulacsi, meanwhile, has accumulated 51 clean sheets in 131 games (one every 2.5 matches) across the past four Bundesliga campaigns, compared to 45 in 120 (one in 2.6) for Neuer.

Leipzig have also conceded just 135 times in the top flight since then, compared to Bayern's 145 during the same period as they've established themselves as having the leanest defence in the division.

Also emerging to lay their claim as the Bundesliga's number one, No.1 are the likes of Hoffenheim 'keeper Oliver Baumann, Freiburg's Mark Flekken, Gregor Kobel of Borussia Dortmund, and the resurgent Kevin Trapp at Eintracht Frankfurt.

TSG stalwart Baumann collected back-to-back clean sheets in Matchdays 3 and 4 to move past the 250-minute mark since he last conceded, while it's Flekken that leads the charts so far, with shutouts in three out of four matches.

Flekken - who had the league's best save percentage of 74 last season - has stopped 84 percent so far this term and sits third on the list, while Kobel ranks fourth in the league-wide rankings having saved 80 percent of shots aimed at him.

Frankfurt have shipped a fair few thus far to put a dent in Trapp's figures, but this is Germany's third-choice goalkeeper and a man that became an Eintracht hero last season by denying Aaron Ramsey in the penalty shootout of last season's UEFA Europa League final.

Speaking of penalties, it's Bochum's Manuel Riemann who leads the way with two saves from 12 yards this season, while Baumann has faced more Bundesliga spot-kicks than any other keeper currently in the league (55) and just Wolfsburg's Koen Casteels (12) has saved more than his 10.

And none of the above has mentioned the presence of Bayer Leverkusen and Finland captain Lukas Hradecky, Werder Bremen's Czech Republic international Jiri Pavlenka, or Danish duo Oliver Christensen and Frederik Ronnow at the respective Berlin clubs.

It may well make the Bundesliga's Keeper's Union the strongest collective on the planet.