Ter Stegen celebrating with his teammates the victory in the Cup Classic

THE GERMAN HAS IT CLEARLY

The secret of the defence of the Barça for Ter Stegen

Published:5/03/2023 - 08:29h

Updated:5/03/2023 - 08:36h

Marc-André ter Stegen is experiencing his best season in the last four years with FC Barcelona. In the run-up to Sunday's match against Valencia, the '1' puffed out his chest for the team's defensive work, revealing the culé key

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The FC Barcelona follows receiving praises by his good defensive work to domestic level in the 2022/23. The ones of Xavi Hernández boast the best saga in the big European leagues with hardly 8 so many received in 23 parties, statistics that owe , to a large extent, to the big moment of Marc-André ter Stegen in the arch blaugrana. In the previous of the party of the Sunday home in front of Valencia, the goalkeeper desveló the key of the defensive success of the Barça this season.

"Defend like team, this is the key", wrote the one of Mönchengladbach in his account of Twitter. Ter Stegen Goes course to win his first Trophy Zamora, since in addition to his excellent average of so many received accumulates 17 fences invictas in LaLiga. In Glass of the King also has ratified his big moment, with two arches in zero, the last of them the Thursday in Santiago Bernabéu.

Precisely, the tuit of Ter Stegen was accompanied of four photographies of the last Classical, where the Barça 'dried' to the attack of the Real Madrid with a rigorous defensive work. The ones of Carlo Ancelotti finish the party without finish to door in 13 attempts and left very engaged his options to return to the final of the Glass, tournament that do not win from the 2013/14, precisely with the Italian in the bench.

In spite of the absence of Andreas Christensen, the Barça attained to keep order backwards with a big work of Marcos Alonso like second head office and of Ronald Araújo in the right side cancelling to a Vinicius Jr. That well it could be expelled in front of his constant catchwords to the main judge and verbal exchanges with the players culés. Jules Koundé returned to the centre of the saga and Alejandro Balde followed suit in the right side, where has shined from the past summer.

With a line of four firm defenders on the mark, safe at the start with the ball and well positioned in the air, the Barça defenders taught how to defend near their goal, without suffering, against Real Madrid. In this sense, Ter Stegen has also been fundamental, who with his fists cleared any ball that roamed the area. The security of '1', in doubt between 2019 and 2021, has returned in style this season.

The basic wardrobe has answered in defence

Further of the physical problems of the staff in front of the demanding calendar blaugrana, the staff has answered in defence in League in the moments more apremiantes. In October, when Araújo broke and so much Christensen like Koundé had to go through the infirmary, men like Marcos Alonso, Eric García and the own Gerard Hammered answered in front of the adversity. Jordi Alba has followed suit by left when it has needed him and Balde, even, has changed of profile sometime in order of the technician egarense.

Of all the defenders of the Barça, the one who less leadership had this season was Héctor Bellerín, the one who opted for leaving to the Sporting Clube of Portugal in front of his inability to win a place in the team. In the second half of the season, another that has reappeared leaving good feelings is Sergi Roberto, the one who already resolved his renewal with the club by a year more.

As it affirms it Ter Stegen, when the ones of Xavi have attained to stop en bloc and work like team backwards, the results have accompanied. In January, when the team struggled to assimilate the drop of Robert Lewandowski by sanction, the Barça could add plenary of points in League without fitting goals in front of Athletic of Madrid, Getafe and Girona with victories by the minimum.

In Glass also returned the confidence backwards in the victories in front of Ceuta and Real Sociedad, this last party already with Marc-André in the arch. Only in the party in front of the Intecity (3-4) and in the 'semis' of the Supercopa in front of the Betis (2-2) there were doubts backwards. In February, when the calendar went back to demand to the maximum to the staff, Betis and Almería were the only that could break the zero, this last, besides, finish with an invicto that extended from the day 9.

Europe, the big 'stain' of the Barça in defence

Very different was the defensive performance in Europe, where the team received a total of 16 goals in 8 parties between Champions and Europe League. No in vain, the culés finish deleted of both tournaments in the first of change, denoting the importance of the saga for the good walk of the team. The same there was sucedido in the last three seasons, where the bottom blaugrana was a disaster, leaving without titles to the club between three consecutive years. If the Barça defends like team, the success is much more near.

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