Claudio Bravo’s move to Manchester City in the summer seemed to suggest that Barcelona were happy to instate Marc-Andre ter Stegen as their number one goalkeeper.
The German, who joined the Spanish champions in 2014, played exclusively in the Champions League in his first two seasons at the club.
But Luis Enrique was content with selling Bravo to Pep Guardiola’s City. In his eyes, Ter Stegen was ready to lead Barca not just in Europe but in domestic competitions, too.
The Barcelona manager might be regretting his decision, however, after Ter Stegen’s latest blunder.
The 24-year-old erred against Athletic Bilbao in August, passing the ball straight to a Bilbao player before redeeming himself with a fine save, and was at fault for Celta Vigo’s fourth goal in Barcelona’s surprising 4-3 defeat on Sunday.
Ter Stegen's mistake
Enrique’s team had recovered a 3-0 deficit with goals from Gerard Pique and Neymar, and you would have put money on them finding an equaliser before full-time.
But in the 76th minute, Ter Stegen tried to clip a pass over Pablo Hernandez’s head, only to see the ball rebound off the Celta man’s head and into the goal.
Pique scored another goal but it was too late for the away side to find a fourth.
Ter Stegen accepted the blame
The former Borussia Monchengladbach ‘keeper accepted responsibility for his blunder.
“We fought until the end, but the goal is my fault - I am really sorry for the team for what happened,” Ter Stegen told beIN Sports, per the Daily Mail.
“Clearly I want to make a pass to Jordi. It is a failure that cannot happen and again I'm sorry for the team, who fought until the end. If I had not made this decision we may have won and this was clearly my fault.”
However, he insisted that he won’t change his play style. Cue a collective groan from Barcelona supporters.
“Although this has happened I will not change my game. It has only happened once,” Ter Stegen added.
It won’t just be Barcelona fans who will be disappointed to hear Ter Stegen’s refusal change, but Luis Suarez, too.
The Uruguayan cut a furious figure throughout the match - he was shown a yellow card late on for unsportsmanlike conduct - but the final straw came with the goalkeeper’s error.
Suarez threw his arms in the air, silently asking Ter Stegen, “What on earth are you doing?!”
Check out his reaction below.
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