Barcelona goalkeeper Marc-André ter Stegen spoke in a press conference on Tuesday ahead of Wednesday’s game against Argentina for Germany.
Ter Stegen is set to play in the friendly having not played in either of the two recent Euro 2020 qualifiers with his country. It comes amid a battle for the No.1 spot with Manuel Neuer but he says he doesn’t feel the pressure.
“I don’t feel pressure,” he said. “I just want to be at my best in the game. We want to be at our best. Despite the players we’re missing, we will have a lot of quality on the pitch.”
On his rivalry with Neuer, he added: “We’re professionals. Everyone wants their place in the team and gives everything for that. Being professional also means having a good relationship with others. There’s no problem between us, the opposite: we help each other. There’s respect.
“Manuel knows I was referring to my situation, so I don’t think we need to clear anything up. We speak, we have a professional relationship and that will continue.”
Marc-André ter Stegen is happy. The German goalkeeper played his 200th match for Barcelona in the 4-0 win over Sevilla. He arrived in 2014 from Borussia Monchengladbach. When he arrived he was one of the great promising young talents, now he has become one of the best in the world, without a doubt. And with everyone behind him, he wants to push on and become a club legend.
The German’s start at the club was not easy, sitting on the bench in La Liga with Claudio Bravo playing. However he braved the storm, ousted the Chilean and is now sailing on Blaugrana waters, on a marvellous trajectory. The keeper has won titles with the team and individual ones too.
Ter Stegen has won 144 of his 200 games, a 72 percent victory rate. As well as being key at the back he also is important in the team’s attacking play. Incredibly, he grabbed an assist against Getafe, setting up Luis Suarez.
He has kept 86 clean sheets in his 200 matches, winning four La Ligas, the Champions League, four Copa del Reys, and is very pleased with his time at the club.