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Neuer praises Bayern's defensive efforts

Bayern Munich goalkeeper Manuel Neuer has credited the side's team effort for their fine defensive record this season.

After 19 league games, Bayern have conceded just seven goals. And with the current record for least goals conceded in a whole campaign held by Bayern in 2008 - with 21 - the class of 2013 look set to write history.

However, while Neuer may be the one lauded if the record is broken, the Germany international is adamant everybody in the team deserves the praise.

"I think that the whole team thinks defensively," Neur told Abendzeitung. "It begins in attack where Mario Mandzukic and Frank Ribery defend superbly, that is a big advantage for us."

Neuer has only been beaten in six games this season, meaning he could also break Oliver Kahn's record from 2002, when he kept a clean sheet in 19 games.

But once again, the Bayern goalkeeper feels his fine record is a result of the whole-team performance.

"We have realised just how important a clean sheet is," Neuer said. "But the record right now is of no interest to me - success with the team comes first."

The last time Neuer got beaten in any competition was during Bayern's 1-1 draw to Borussia Monchengladbach in December.

"The most I had to do was in our friendly against the Qatar champions (during the winter break)," Neuer said. "Right now it is all going nicely, but I won't be deluded. It has been close at times."

Neuer has, however, ruled out keeping a clean sheet in all of the remaining 15 Bundesliga games.

"I think that is impossible," he said.

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