How good is Barcelona's Marc-Andre ter Stegen with his feet?

Alex Rea 5/01/2018
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Ernesto Valverde's pragmatic approach has allayed summer fears of a Barcelona decline in the wake of Neymar's departure to Paris-Saint Germain.

Sitting nine points clear at the top of La Liga and some 14 ahead of rivals Real Madrid, the Catalan giants are on course for a season of silverware.

Lionel Messi, of course, has been a crucial spearhead for the Blaugrana but it's at the back the side have impressed most with the likes of defender Samuel Umtiti and in particular German stopper Marc-Andre ter Stegen hitting top form.

Indeed, say it quietly but Ter Stegen is arguably the best goalkeeper in the world right now and the 25-year-old has frequently got his side out of jail with a string of superb saves.
But the quality of his hands has never been in question.








Building from the back requires excellent use of the feet, especially at club like Barca, and so the guys at Copa90 joined ter Stegen to test out just how good his use of the ball is.

The German international was put through his paces with tests on his control, free-kick taking ability and power.

Perhaps the biggest takeaway from the clip above, though, is just how cool of guy the Barca keeper is!


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On his way out: Ross Barkley

Chelsea are close to bringing in Ross Barkley to Stamford Bridge in a £15million deal, the Daily Mail reports.

The current Premier League champions attempted to sign the Everton attacking midfielder in the summer and are willing to spend to prevent the 24-year-old signing for rivals Tottenham, the paper says.

Ryan Sessegnon is a man in demand, according to the Mirror. The 17-year-old has a host of top clubs all eager to sign him up, with Paris Saint-Germain joining the chase for the Fulham man.

The paper said Tottenham could bid again for the left back, while Manchester United and Manchester City are keeping tabs on the teenager.

The Philippe Coutinho saga continues to rumble on – with the Mirror reporting that Barcelona will offer £140million for the Liverpool man.

The paper said Anfield want most of the money up front and are keen to avoid a repeat of the summer where the base figure was low and had “unrealistic add-ons”.

Watford are looking to dispose of Troy Deeney and want to bring in Bournemouth’s Benik Afobe, the Daily Mail reports.

Deeney is the captain at Vicarage Road, but has only found the net twice this season and the paper says they will be looking to receive offers north of £20million.

Manchester United have put Celtic’s Kieran Tierney on their wishlist, according to the Daily Record. Jose Mourinho is said to have been impressed by the 20-year-old but the Hoops will be looking to keep hold of the midfielder.

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Laughing it off: Man United manager Jose Mourinho

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho is eyeing a contract extension at Old Trafford rather than considering his resignation.

The United boss rubbished a report there are fears he is contemplating walking away at the end of the campaign – calling the claim “garbage” – with Mourinho instead keen to carry on beyond 2019.

“If you want to speak about some news, I say, ‘Garbage’. I don’t find a better word to define the talk,” he said.

“If you want to ask me directly if I see myself next season in Manchester United, I say I see myself (here). And, as I told when I arrived, I’m going to leave when the club wants me to leave, because I have no intention to leave at all.”

United hold a one-year option on the deal Mourinho originally penned in 2016 and have been discussing fresh terms.

From his side of the negotiations, Mourinho is eager to stick around past the initial agreement.

“Yes, I see myself here (after three years),” he added.

“It’s just a question of the club, the board, the owners, Mr (Ed) Woodward, they are all happy with my contribution and they want me to stay beyond the end of this contract, but I want to stay.

“I am in the middle of my contract, if I am going to sign a new one or no, of course it depends on the club but my commitment with the club is total and I want to stay.”

A commitment to buying a house in the region has not been forthcoming.

Mourinho remains a resident of The Lowry Hotel – despite calling his living arrangement away from his London-based family “a disaster” in 2016 – and he now appears more at ease with his abode.

“If the fans want me to be comfortable, that’s the way I feel very comfortable, because I am very lazy and because I like to arrive in the hotel,” he said.

“I don’t want anyone to be worried because I live in a two-square-metres room; I am living in an apartment inside of a hotel, where I have all the comfort, the support, where I have everything I want like I am living in a house.

“So if they are worried about me being comfortable, happy and supported, I really am. If they want me in some house that I don’t like, in some place I don’t like, lonely from my assistants, if they want that, I would be a sad guy and a sad guy doesn’t work well.”

That happiness may not have always been outwardly evident this term, yet Mourinho stressed he still harbours an appetite to succeed.

“Because I don’t behave as a clown on the touchline, it means that I lost my passion,” he argued.

“I prefer to behave the way I am doing it, much more mature, better for my team and myself, I don’t think you have to behave like a crazy guy on the touchline to have that passion.”

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