Ter Stegen opens up on World Cup disappointment: 'It was a pity'
- Barcelona goalkeeper admits it had been difficult not to play for Germany at the World Cup
Marc-Andre ter Stegen enjoyed a sensational 2017/2018 season with Barcelona, having kept 19 clean sheets in 37 league matches. However, he didn't get a single minute of playing time at the Russia World Cup.
For the first time, he has opened up on this disappointing tournament: “It was hard because, after having a season like the one we had just finished, I was looking forward to the tournament. But you have to respect the decision of the Coach. It was very tough not to play, really, but I was there to help the team, which is the least I could do."
Germany lost two group matches out of three and failed to reach the knock-out stages of the World Cup for the first time in 80 years. Ter Stegen has also shared his feelings on this painful outcome:
“It was a pity we couldn’t at least reach the quarter-finals, which was the first objective and then to repeat our success of four years ago. But this is football and sometimes football does not go the way you want.”
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