In an interview with Sport Bild (via Sport1) Barcelona goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen stated that he was frustrated with Jogi Löw for his lack of playing time with the German National Team. The former Mönchengladbach youth player put in a strong performance for the Catalan giants over the course of the 17/18 season, but was still sidelined in favor of Bayern Munich’s Manuel Neuer for the 2018 World Cup.
Speaking about being benched for the world cup, ter Stegen had this to say:
I was convinced that I had played a very good season, so of course the moment when Jogi Löw informed me of his decision was frustrating. I don’t want to fool anybody.
To his credit, the German explained that he didn’t want to create a fuss because of it. His reason is as follows:
It has something to do with respect. I don’t want to stand out because I open my mouth wide.
Instead, the Barca #1 hopes that his work and performances will speak for themselves and perhaps allow him to break into the Die Mannschaft first XI. Until then, he has absolutely no intention of resigning from the team.
I want to keep pressing until Jogi Löw decides in my favor someday and I’ll be the number one goalkeeper.
Because 2018 was a tumultuous year for Die Mannschaft in general and Manuel Neuer in particular, ter Stegen should be commended for his diplomatic words on the issue. Neuer has been the subject of much criticism in recent months. While Manuel Neuer remains the current #1 for Germany, he’s not getting any younger. If he keeps up his performances, then eventually, ter Stegen’s time will come.