Xavi: “We are seeing the best Ter Stegen in a long time” | Sports

Ter Stegen against Borja Mayoral in Barcelona-Getafe.
Ter Stegen against Borja Mayoral in Barcelona-Getafe.Joan Monfort (AP)

When Barcelona retired to the changing rooms at halftime, the Barca fans who were next to the benches at the Camp Nou chanted the name of Marc-André Ter Stegen. Barça prevailed 1-0 thanks to Pedri’s goal; but, nevertheless, the fans did not hesitate when choosing their hero. The German had made a key save against Borja Mayoral, just after an error by the Canarian midfielder. “I have to always be attentive. At that stop I was able to get close at the right time to make it difficult for them”, the goalkeeper analyzed the action. And Xavi praised his goalkeeper: “We are seeing the best Ter Stegen in a long time, today he is spectacular one-on-one, he is a leader for the group, he is transcendent and it is important that the goalkeeper also save points for you”.



Ter Stegen, Alex Balde (Alba, min. 45), Sergi Roberto (Marcos Alonso, min. 77), A. Christensen (Eric Garcia, min. 45), Koundé, Pedri, Busquets, Gavi, Ansu Fati, Ousmane Dembélé and Raphinha (Kessié Franck, min. 62)



David Soria, Djene, Domingos Duarte, Omar Alderete, Damián Suárez, Juan Iglesias (Gastón Álvarez, min. 84), Mayoral (Portu, min. 77), Ángel Algobia (Gonzalo Villar, min. 62), Luis Milla (Jaime Seoane , min. 84), Aleñá and Enes Ünal (Juan Latasa, min. 84)

goals 1-0 min. 34: Peter.

Referee Javier Iglesias Villanueva

Yellow cards Omar Alderete (min. 44), Ousmane Dembélé (min. 67) and Enes Ünal (min. 81)

“I always try to be one hundred percent for myself and when the team needs me. A victory like this makes us stronger and that way we can push the others”, pointed out Ter Stegen, who finished the duel against Getafe with three saves – he made two other spectacular ones, but the actions had been annulled for offside – and closed his 13th game without conceding out of the 17 he has played in the League this season. In total, the German has left his goal undefeated on 100 occasions in the highest domestic competition. His best statistic, so far, dates from the 2017-2018 season: 19 games. “Defensive work is important. Everyone knows they have obligations. It is a very positive point”, recalled the Barca coach.

“They are three points that are worth gold. We had opportunities to close the team and that’s why we suffered until the end. Sometimes you have to suffer”, Ter Stegen added. And Xavi concluded: “I attribute the downturn to Getafe, who have done very well. We lacked a point of aggressiveness, especially in attack. With a 1-0, you always suffer until the end. We have not been good. We have been thick and we have not played well”.

Xavi’s apologies

Xavi appeared in the Camp Nou press room with a serious face. While the Barcelona press officer announced the appearance of the Barcelona coach, the coach had his eyes fixed on his phone, leaning on the table. Before question time began, the Barça coach took the floor. “I would like to clarify what I said about Dani Alves”, he started. And he continued: “I was not forceful in my words and I ignored the victim … These acts must be condemned, whether Dani or whoever it is and I want to apologize and support the victim. I know my voice is very important. I was not forceful enough with my words. I’m really sorry”.

In the run-up to the duel against Getafe, last Saturday, a day after Dani Alves, a former Barcelona player, had been arrested for allegedly raping a 23-year-old girl last December in a nightclub in the upper area of ​​Barcelona. , Xavi had been questioned by the Brazilian footballer. “I am surprised, shocked. In shock. It is a matter of justice and will dictate whatever. We cannot enter there ”, the preparer had said. So far, nothing strange. However, he added: “As for Dani, I feel very bad for him. shocked. I can’t say more.” An unfortunate phrase that generated controversy. Xavi, in any case, did not hesitate to rectify and apologize.

Barcelona coach Xavi Hernandez.

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