After a public, verbal spat through the media between FC Barcelona’s Marc-André ter Stegen and Bayern Munich’s Manuel Neuer, Germany coach Joachim Löw stepped in to address the situation.
Not surprisingly, Löw is calling for patience and acknowledged that Ter Stegen will eventually get the opportunity to prove his mettle. Per Bild (behind the Bild+ paywall and captured by Goal.com), Löw wants all of his goalkeepers — not just Neuer and Ter Stegen — to know they are both talented and valuable:
We all can just be happy to have two world-class goalkeepers with Neuer and Ter Stegen. And Kevin Trapp or Bernd Leno are also capable of outstanding performances. It’s clear that every single one is ambitious and wants to play. We need and want this situation in the national team.
Andreas Kopke and I will stick to our promise that Marc will get his chances. We fully understand his disappointment but it’s like that - only one can play. We wanted to let him play in June but unfortunately he was slightly injured back then. And Manu has played very good games for us recently. He is our captain.
The timeline on this escalation started last week after the international break was over. Ter Stegen initially indicated he was going to exercise patience, but then recanted later in the week and voiced his frustration.
Neuer then shot back in the media, before Ter Stegen fired another salvo yesterday. Hopefully, Löw and Kopke can find a way to make all of this work before the team spirals into further turmoil.