Regardless of whether Manuel Neuer is fit, Lothar Matthaüs says goalkeeper Sven Ulreich should keep his place in the side if Bayern Munich reach the UEFA Champions League final, and believes the Bundesliga champions have what it takes to go on and win the competition.

Ulreich has done a stellar job in the absence of Neuer, playing in nine of Bayern's 10 Champions League outings en route to the semi-finals and keeping 16 clean sheets in 38 appearances in all competitions.

Although Neuer is expected to return to first-team action before the end of April, Matthäus thinks the Bayern and Germany captain's lack of match practice at the highest level - a second metatarsal break has restricted him to four appearances in 2017/18 - tips the balance in Ulreich's favour.

"If I were coach, I'd stick with Sven Ulreich," wrote the 1990 Ballon d'Or winner - a losing Champions League finalist with Bayern in 1987 and 1999 - in his regular Sky column.

"It looks like Manuel Neuer is nearing full fitness and might still get in a few league games, but the risk is too high in the big games. On top of that, Ulreich has earned it with some fantastic performances."

Ulreich was recently rewarded for his fine performances with a new contract until 2021. © imago / Jan Hübner

Ulreich or Neuer, Matthäus feels Jupp Heynckes' side are good enough to advance to the final in Kiev (26 May) and win the competition for a sixth time.

"The treble dream is on," he continued, after Bayern dispatched La Liga's Sevilla 2-1 on aggregate in the quarter-finals. "Heynckes has the same players as [Carlo] Ancelotti, but is doing a better job. The chemistry between the team, the club, the fans and coach at Munich is exceptional and could be the big difference compared to the other super clubs.

"All four teams in the semi-finals could win the trophy, but there's a distinct feeling that Bayern have that extra something that'll prove decisive in the end."

Holders Real Madrid, Jürgen Klopp's Liverpool and Italian side Roma join Bayern in the semi-finals, the draw for which takes place in Nyon, Switzerland on Friday 13 April (1:00 PM CEST/ 11:00 AM GMT/ 7:00 AM EST).

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