Marc-Andre Ter Stegen admits he’d like to get more game time at Barcelona but is focused on giving Luis Enrique a hard decision over which goalkeeper to start.
Claudio Bravo generally takes the gloves for League games, with Ter Stegen stepping in for the Copa del Rey and the Champions League, including what, for the German, is a special occasion at Bayer Leverkusen.
“I know the crowd from my time with Borussia Monchengladbach. Hopefully I give a good account of myself. My family will be there. Our house is about an hour away. That’s why the game is important for me and why I want to win,” he told reporters, according to Marca.
“I try to make life difficult [for the Coach] by playing well and performing well in training. This is the situation. I would like to play more in the future.
“The Club World Cup is too far away to think about. I focus on trying to do well in the Champions League, despite having already qualified from the group. We’re the favourites and we have to continue to show why.”
The game against Leverkusen is, for Barca, a dead rubber, while Leverkusen need to win to go through to the knockout round, but Ter Stegen isn’t concerned by the situation.
“I don’t think the pressure on Leverkusen will affect us. We want to win to show we’re the best team in the group,” he continued.
“It’s always a dangerous game against Leverkusen because they put on a lot of pressure in your half of the pitch. We’ll try to play as we always do, with the ball. We’ll have chances to score.”