Barcelona goalie Marc-Andre ter Stegen was interviewed this week and talked about the club’s goal of winning the Champions League. He discussed the importance ofdefending and how it is the key to Barcelona’s journey in the Champions League this season.
“[To win] the Champions League is our big goal. It’s important to keep this goal in mind, but that does not mean we can neglect our homework in the league. We still have a lot of hard games to play. The advantage is comfortable, but Real and Atletico are always dangerous.
”To defend well [is the key to winning the Champions League]. We have our strengths up front and are always good for scoring goals, but, especially in the knockout phase, it is important to concede as few goals as possible.
”And of course you have to be there at the right moment. Real did not play excellently last year, but they were there when it mattered. You have to pay them respect for that.”
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Ter Stegen is certainly correct at how important the defending is for Barcelona, but what is probably even more important to the team’s journey in Europe is consistent offensive performances. What has randomly plagued Barcelona are matches where their offense dies and their creativity is limited to hoping Lionel Messi will create magic.