DOUBTS HAVE GROWN AROUND HIM
Ter Stegen is running out of credit and will face a 'key' season
Published:28/06/2022 - 21:52h
Updated:28/06/2022 - 21:52h
Marc-André Ter Stegen seems to have lost the confidence of the club after last season. The German goalkeeper left more doubts than certainties under the three posts, and despite Xavi's protection, he is no longer 'indisputable'
The season 2021-2022 was a very complicated for Marc-André Ter Stegen. At the beginning of the campaign, the guardameta was very questioned by all and sundry, did not generate the confidence of before and his performances were criticised party after party. However, afterwards the arrival of Xavi and the good series lived by the FC Barcelona, the German recovered his best state of form and went back to be fundamental for the culés, that seemed to have 'enderezado' his way. But the bajón of the team him 'dragged' and went back to leave doubts under the three sticks.
In spite of some performances 'descomunales' in front of the Mallorca, the Real Sociedad and the Raise, in general lines the Teutonic gave a feeling of immense fragility along the course. Far it remained that 'wall impasable' that consecrated like one of the best goalkeepers of the world and his average of stops reflects his 'caida', since with 2,17 cut across by party situates between the lowest averages of all the championship, to a big distance of the 2,58 of his main competitor, Thibaut Courtois, and neither speak of the 3,63 of Luís Maximiano, leader of the tournament.
Besides, his absolute number of interventions (76) leave him in the put number 14 of the national competition, leaving in evidence that the footballer goes through a very clear bajón of performance that moves him away of that Ter Stegen that demanded him to the Catalan entity be one of the guardametas better paid of the world, to the same scale of Alisson and Jan Oblak. Now, and after having differed part of his wage during the pandemia, the club glides that it has to go down again his emolumentos to square the accounts of the institution.
In spite of this, Xavi Hernández is his big defender inside the institution. The trainer of Terrassa does not hide his predilection by the goalkeeper and has given the face by him when it has had the opportunity. "Ter Stegen Is very important for me. It is a leader, dominates with the feet, for me is one of the best goalkeepers of the world", affirmed the egarense after his performance saviour in front of the 'txuri-urdin'. The guardameta is 'indispensable' for his technician, that considers it a key piece in his project.
It will be under the 'lupa'
In the meantime, the posture of the club begins to differ with the one of Hernández. Inside the managerial board there is not so much security with the German and included tantearon his exit. In fact, during the past summer Laporta posed it to him seriously when Raiola offered him to Donnarumma, but the high wage of the Italian was inaccessible for the culés. Now, Marc-André will have to show that it keeps on being that that marvelled to the Camp Nou and to the world with his cut across, and has to do it prompt, because his credit of finish and no longer is 'indisputable'.