Barcelona and Germany keeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen has hit back at Manuel Neuer’s criticism at his earlier statement.
The German team captain was unhappy with Ter Stegen voicing his frustration over not starting for his country and maintained that the goalkeepers must stick together as a unit.
The Barcelona custodian has hit back at Neuer, claiming that players without playing time are bound to be frustrated. He also defended himself, suggesting he has always behaved like a professional and his captain’s comments were uncalled for.
“Of course, I have something to say about that. You can’t call for competition and expect the players who don’t play to be happy about it”, he said during the press conference ahead of Barcelona’s Champions League clash against Borussia Dortmund.
“No one has to say anything about my feelings, that’s my personal opinion. If you look at the last few years, how I have conducted myself, then such statements are inappropriate.”
Bayern Munich and Germany goalkeeper Manuel Neuer expressed his disapproval of Marc-Andre ter Stegen’s decision to publicly express his frustration over lack of minutes with the national side.
Ter Stegen enjoyed a brilliant season with the Spanish giants but Germany manager Joachim Low’s trust in the Bayern keeper has been unwavering.
Neuer praised his countryman but maintained that the goalkeepers must stick together in a big team.
“I think he’s a good keeper and he is performing well, but I’m not sure if that helps us,” Neuer told Sky in relation to Ter Stegen’s complaints.
“We are a team and should present ourselves as such.
Neuer: "We have great goalkeepers. We have Kevin Trapp, Bernd Leno, these are all great goalkeepers who also want to play and then sit on the bench. We are a team. We have to stick together. The goalkeepers also have to stick together" pic.twitter.com/y5Ftwxdqy9— Bayern & Germany (@iMiaSanMia) September 14, 2019
“We have great goalkeepers. We have Kevin Trapp, Bernd Leno… these are all great goalkeepers who also want to play and then sit on the bench.
“We are a team. We have to stick together. The goalkeepers also have to stick together.”
Barcelona goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen has expressed his frustration about being overlooked for a starter’s role with Germany.
The 27-year-old had a great 2018/19 season with the Blaugrana and earned himself a podium finish in the FIFA The Best awards alongside Brazilians Ederson and Alisson. However, 33-year-old Manuel Neuer is always preferred over him by Germany boss Joachim Low.
The Bayern Munich custodian let four goals in during Germany’s defeat to the Netherlands this month, but kept a clean-sheet against Northern Ireland.
Ter Stegen admitted that staying on the bench despite his best efforts has been frustrating.
“It is not easy to find an explanation as I am giving the best account of myself in each game to make the decision more difficult,” Ter Stegen said, according to Goal.
“I am trying [to become first-choice] anyway. But this trip with the national team has been a tough blow for me.”
Ter Stegen had earlier admitted that sitting on the bench as second-choice was enough to drive him mad.
“Obviously, it drives me a bit mad. You give the best of yourself and you aren’t where you want to be,” he told T-Online.
“I have established my priorities. I want to be successful and the big objective I have is to be the first choice keeper for my country.”