"That's a cheeky question," replied Jens Lehmann in his pre-Champions League press conference when asked if he was the best goalkeeper in the world.

But, after a superb season, it was a question worth asking.

The German has been confirmed as his country's No 1 in the World Cup this summer after a stunning campaign with his Club. On Wednesday, he will be the last line of an Arsenal defence that has almost forgotten how to concede a goal in the Champions League. But for Lehmann, this success is based on the collective not the individual.

"It is down to our teamwork," he said. "I think everybody is surprised because two seasons ago we probably played the best football, we were fantastic but maybe we lacked a bit in defence work.

"Now with young defenders and young midfielders we have kept clean sheets for quite a while. I was a little bit surprised by how well we did at the back [in the beginning] but not so much anymore.

"That's why we're sitting here so you can't say you're the best because it's about teamwork. We are doing that everyday in training and the results have come out in the Champions League."

Wednesday's mouthwatering Final against Barcelona is a million miles away from Lehmann's situation in the middle of last season when he was dropped for 10 games in favour of Manuel Almunia.

"I spoke to the boss and he mentioned I wasn't fresh enough to fit into his team," said the  36-year-old. "Because of that I changed my routine.

"When you come from abroad it's a bit different because you have a winter break. You train hard from July to December and then you have a break and start again.

"I did that in the first year but I felt in March and April that I was a little bit tired. However it was the unbeaten season and everything went well.

"But a year later I felt it a bit more so I changed things and I have done exactly what the fitness coach wanted me to do and the goalkeeping coach. They are in close contact with Arsène Wenger and luckily it has all worked very well with me."

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