Barca goalkeeper ter Stegen baffled by Real Madrid crisis: 'They have good players'
- Barcelona prepare to take on Real Madrid on Sunday at Camp Nou and their keeper ter Stegen discussed Real Madrid crisis
- Ter Stegen admitted that it's strange Real Madrid struggle so much, but he doesn't want to be distracted by the rivals difficulties
On Sunday Real Madrid face Barcelona in what would be a first Clasico without both Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo since 2007.
Madrid have struggled severely in the last six games, losing five of them and having troubles to find the net.
"So far, they've handled things differently," ter Stegen told Mundo Deportivo, discussing Real Madrid's crisis. "They have really good players, but... the truth is I've not seen many Madrid games because we're also on a packed schedule, but of course it's noticed.
"I spoke with [Toni] Kroos during the Germany call-up. We're somewhat better, but we have to focus on ourselves, because that's how we reach 100 per cent."
Back in August Ter Stegen compared Real Madrid's loss of Cristiano Ronaldo with Andres Iniesta leaving Barcelona:
Real Madrid and Barcelona's rivalry doesn't change because of Cristiano's exit," the German told CBS Sports. "Of course, he was a very important player for Real Madrid and he will be a very important player for Juventus as well. For us, it doesn't really change. They have so many good players that we need to be aware of. They'll have a good season.
"It's not just about Cristiano Ronaldo, even if he had a big impact for them. As I said before, we lost Andres Iniesta, who was a big personality and a wonderful player, and I think for them it will almost be the same."