Sven Ulreich (pictured) has surpassed all expectations between the Bayern Munich goal posts this season - not that Jupp Heynckes ever doubted him. - © imago
Sven Ulreich (pictured) has surpassed all expectations between the Bayern Munich goal posts this season - not that Jupp Heynckes ever doubted him. - © imago
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Manuel Neuer stand-in Sven Ulreich credits Bayern Munich head coach Jupp Heynckes for eye-catching form

Bayern Munich goalkeeper Sven Ulreich says the input of head coach Jupp Heynckes has been key to his impressive form in the absence of first-choice stopper Manuel Neuer.

With a recurring metatarsal injury restricting Neuer to just three top-flight outings all season, Ulreich has racked up 40 appearances in all competitions so far this term, underpinning the recently crowned Bundesliga champions' tilt at treble glory.

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Ulreich has been playing so well this term, there have even been calls for the former VfB Stuttgart custodian to be included in Joachim Löw's Germany squad for the defence of their FIFA World Cup title in Russia this summer.

A former Under-16, U-19 and U-21 international, the 29-year-old is still awaiting his first senior call-up in the colours of the world champions.

"Of course, there's nothing bigger than a World Cup," Ulreich admitted. "It's a goal of mine, but I won't be disappointed if it doesn't happen."

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