Marc-Andre ter Stegen was emphathetic towards his fellow shotstopper’s plight after David de Gea’s uncharacteristic error allowed a Lionel Messi shot to slip right through his hands to make it 2-0 on the night.
ter Stegen, who pulled off a stunning save against Alexis Sanchez in the match to preserve Barcelona’s clean sheet, admitted that he had found it hard to celebrate his team’s second goal on the night as he could emphathize with David de Gea’s plight.
The Spaniard, usually an assured pair of hands, let a tame Lionel Messi right-footed shot from outside the box slip underneath his body to allow Barcelona to double their lead on the night.
After that, there was no looking back for the Catalan side as they wrapped up the tie with an aggregate score of 4-0 to progress to the semifinals of the Champions League.
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However ter Stegen did take the time to console de Gea after the match and revealed on Cope exactly what he had told the Spanish number one.
“I told him that nothing was happening, that we are all human and that this [a goalkeeping error] could have happened to me too.
“The truth is that it took me a while to celebrate that goal, because he is a partner who occupies the same position as me, but life continues and also for him, “he recounted.
ter Stegen has managed an impressive 20 clean sheets for Barcelona in 44 games so far this season.