In the absence of Lionel Messi, Marc-André ter Stegen has claimed the leading role in Barcelona. The German goalie was able to add a special scoop to the list.
Bayern-president Uli Hoeness had threatened not to hand over any more internationals to the German national team if their Manuel Neuer would be passed as number one in favour of Ter Stegen. He took his words back later. But Ter Stegen did provide a new argument against Getafe (0-2) on Saturday in the discussion about his role in the national team. In Spain it was once again suggested that the Barcelona goal should also become the number one in Germany.
The goalie was on more fronts on Saturday the man of the match at Barcelona. Not only did he keep his goal clean thanks to some nice saves, but he also played a significant part in Luis Suárez’s opening goal. In the 41st minute he set the Uruguayan free in front of Getafe’s goal with the 0-1 as a result. With his contribution Ter Stegen became the first Barcelona goalkeeper who had an assist this century in La Liga.
I had already seen Suárez. But let’s not be fooled, he also ran himself pretty free’, Ter Stegen let the Uruguayan share in the praise. It was a perfect moment and Luis finished it. I was still missing an assist. I’m glad I was able to do something extra for the team.
The first clean sheet in the current La League season was also a boost for Ter Stegen and Barcelona. That is important. It is the desired step forward. As a team, we wanted to achieve that as well.