Barcelona coach Ronald Koeman admitted that Marc-Andre ter Stegen was the only player who deserved an award in the match against Dynamo Kiev this morning. In fact, the club has to thank the goalkeeper.
In the 3rd Matchdays Group G duel this morning, Barcelona won with a final score of 2-1. However, the story could have been different had Marc-Andre ter Stegen not played from the first minute.
The German goalkeeper, who only made his comeback after being injured for the past few months, was outstanding in this match. He made six crucial saves, considering that throughout the match against Barca, Dynamo Kiev continued to be bombarded.
Meanwhile, on the one hand, the Barcelona attackers also looked a little blunt. The opposing goalkeeper, Ruslan also performed brilliantly from the first minute and was even awarded the man of the match.
Not only that, Barcelona’s first goal by Lionel Messi was even created through a penalty.
It is not surprising that the public considers ter Stegen as a hero in this victory. Koeman also did not deny it, the presence of the German goalkeeper was so important in the midst of difficult times for Barcelona.
“He has proven himself that he is a great goalkeeper for us. He trained well and we can see that today. We started well and quickly went 1-0 up, but we struggled to find the second goal and we lost control. ”
“Thanks to Marc, who was phenomenal, we managed to beat the opponent,” said Ronald Koeman to Sport.
In a separate interview, Marc Andre Ter Stegen said he was happy with all the credit given. But the most important thing is that he is happy to be able to help the team as a whole, and hopes that the performance of his teammates can improve in the following matches.
“Our opponents have had enough opportunities and we need to develop. This is an issue we have to talk about,”
“We started well, we created a lot of chances to score goals. However, afterwards we struggled, the game made us nervous,” said ter Stegen.
As for this victory, Barcelona is getting stronger at the top of Group G standings with 9 points from 3 matches.