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Stat Attack: Manchester United’s Edwin Van Der Sar vs Schalke’s Manuel Neuer

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Castrol EDGE performance data shows that Edwin Van der Sar has saved 93% of shots he has faced this season in the Champions League, compared to 81% for Schalke 04’s goalkeeper Manuel Neuer.

Manuel Neuer v Edwin Van der Sar – Champions League 2010-11

Champions League

Player

Manuel Neuer

Edwin Van der Sar

Appearances

11

8

Minutes On Pitch

990

720

Goals Conceded

10

2

Minutes per Goal Conceded

99

360

Clean Sheets

3

6

Saves

Saves made

42

28

Saves made from inside box

30

12

Saves made from outside box

12

16

Saves to Shots ratio

81%

93%

Penalties faced

0

0

Penalties saved

0

0

Catches

Punches

11

0

Catches

22

7

Dropped Catches

0

1

Crosses not claimed

0

1

Catch Success Rate %

100%

78%

Errors

Errors leading to attempt

0

1

Errors leading to goal

0

0

Kicks

Long Kicking Distribution

127

59

Kicking Success Rate %

54%

47%

Short distribution

27

63

Short distribution accuracy %

89%

100%

General distribution success rate %

60%

75%

Edwin Van der Sar has conceded just two goals in 720 minutes of Champions League action this term, making 28 saves in total.  The 40 year-old has also been more clinical in his distribution, successfully dispatching 75% of his deliveries, compared to 60% by the German international.

However Neuer has been better than the Dutch master when dealing with opposition crosses, with 100% success, compared to just 78% for the former Juventus & Fulham ‘keeper.

Edwin van der Sar has not been as consistent at domestic level this term, with a 72% saves-to-shots ratio, one percentage point lower than his 25 year-old German counterpart.

Manuel Neuer v Edwin Van der Sar – league 2010-11

League

Player

Manuel Neuer

Edwin Van der Sar

Appearances

32

31

Minutes On Pitch

2880

2790

Goals Conceded

39

29

Minutes per Goal Conceded

74

96

Clean Sheets

11

14

Saves

Saves made

106

73

Saves made from inside box

70

35

Saves made from outside box

36

38

Saves to Shots ratio

73%

72%

Penalties  faced

5

3

Penalties saved

2

0

Catches

Punches

29

13

Catches

64

35

Dropped Catches

0

2

Crosses not claimed

3

0

Catch Success Rate %

97%

96%

Errors

Errors leading to attempt

0

1

Errors leading to goal

3

2

Kicks

Long Kicking Distribution

356

240

Kicking Success Rate %

61%

55%

Short distribution

202

206

Short distribution accuracy %

98%

99%

General distribution success rate %

74%

75%

Manuel Neuer has saved two of the five penalties he has faced this season in the league and is one of three Bundesliga goalkeepers who have managed to save two penalties this term. Edwin van der Sar has been beaten by all three penalties he has faced in the Premier League during 2010-11.

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