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Ex-Man Utd goalkeeper Peter Schmeichel hails the ‘most underrated goalkeeper in Europe’

By Steve Jennings

Published: 18:57, 8 October 2019

Peter Schmeichel has heaped praise on Switzerland international Yann Sommer, calling the Borussia Monchengladbach star one of Europe’s “most underrated goalkeepers”.

Sommer joined Monchengladbach in 2014 and has been the club’s first-goalkeeper – as well as his country’s – since then.

How has Sommer fared in his career? Five things to know…

  • Sommer came through the Basel academy in his native Switzerland.
  • He eventually became the club’s number one goalkeeper and won four Swiss top-flight titles.
  • The 30-year-old made his international debut in 2012, playing 49 times for his country to date.
  • He joined Monchengladbach two years later and has made 217 appearances for the German club.
  • Sommer was named Swiss Footballer of the Year in 2016 and 2018.

Schmeichel, who knows a thing or two about playing between the sticks, was speaking to Swiss outlet Blick when he was asked about the country’s current goalkeepers.

And the former Manchester United stopper was keen to praise Sommer for how he plays, despite being shorter than most of his contemporaries at 6ft.

“Yann Sommer is one of the most underrated goalkeepers in Europe,” Schmeichel said. “Not the biggest, but how he can play football. Not many goalies can do that.”

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Schmeichel was also asked about Sommer’s deputy for Switzerland, Roman Burki of Borussia Dortmund.

Quizzed on whether it is difficult for Burki to sit out of international matches despite being first-choice goalkeeper at Dortmund, Schmeichel said: “For a goalie it is always hard to be number two.”

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