Barcelona keeper Marc-Andre Ter Stegen has hit back at fellow keeper Manuel Neuer regarding national team comments.
The Bayern Munich shot-stopper criticized Ter Stegen for being unhelpful with his comments about wanting to play for the national team. He also said that the Barca keeper showed disrespect towards Kevin Trapp and Bernd Leno, who are also fighting for more playing time.
“I would like to say something about this. You cannot say we have competition for the goalkeeper position and then expect the players to be happy with the situation if they don’t play. Football is about happiness but also disappointment.”
“Manuel Neuer does not need to comment on my personal feelings and measure them, I’d say. It’s my own opinion. If you think about the last few years, you realise that I always behaved well and what Neuer and other people have said is not fair.”
“His remarks were inappropriate but I don’t want to say much more. I want to end this controversy.”
Ter Stegen is also prioritizing shoring up the Barca defence after the Catalans conceded 7 goals in their first four games.
“We’re trying to stop the goals going in but things haven’t come off,” he added. “It’s not what we expected. We have to improve. There have been mistakes that we can easily correct. We’ve spoken about it.”
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