Ulreich joined Bayern from VfB Stuttgart in the summer of 2015, but had only pulled on first-team gloves six times in the Bundesliga prior to the 2017/18 campaign. But with Neuer twice sidelined with a broken metatarsal over the course of the season, Ulreich was thrust into the limelight and largely shone.
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Bayern fans and fellow players leapt to Ulreich’s defence following his mistake in the UEFA Champions League semi-final loss to eventual champions Real Madrid, which allowed Karim Benzema to put the tie beyond doubt, but after a season in which he repelled more than 72 percent of shots on his goal, it was nothing if not deserved.
Ulreich took over a third of the vote run by the Bundesliga champions, with nascent right-back Kimmich and Madrid-owned superstar James completing the podium.