Marc-Andre ter Stegen's saves earned him Man of the Match for Barcelona vs Athletic Bilbao

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Barcelona are renowned for having one of the most frightening front lines in world football. 

Just the sight of Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Ousmane Dembele warming up is usually enough to have opposition defenders quaking in their boots. 

But on Sunday night against Athletic Bilbao, Barca's famous attacking threat was silenced. 

The 0-0 draw at the San Mames Stadium was a tense affair that lacked any real quality, as Ernesto Valverde’s visiting side put in a rare below-par performance.  

With Dembele benched, it was Philippe Coutinho who completed the attacking trio alongside Messi and Suarez. 

But once again, the Brazilian failed to make an impact. Not even Dembele's introduction on 75 minutes was enough to spark the La Liga leaders into life.  

Bilbao started the evening in 14th place and a surprising draw took them above Levante, while Barca are now just six points ahead of rivals Real Madrid. 


In reality, things could have been even worse for Messi and co. Because if it wasn't for goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen, then they would have lost the game. 

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The German shot-stopper was on fire at the weekend.  

He was called into action on five separate occasions and pulled off a number of brilliant saves to ensure Barca escaped with a point. 

Ter Stegen was so good that he was named Man of the Match at full-time - and it's easy to see why.

Check out his highlights and some of his best saves below. 


Ter Stegen's performance on Sunday night proved once again that he's one of the best 'keepers in Europe. 

It's also good to know that when Barca's attackers have an off day, they can still rely on their goalie to keep things tight at the back. 

Still, they need to get back to their best against Real Valladolid next weekend, or it might be Madrid lifting the La Liga trophy come May. 

Marc-Andre ter Stegen
Athletic Bilbao
Philippe Coutinho
La Liga
Lionel Messi
Luis Suarez

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