Marc-Andre Ter Stegen was unhappy not to get any minutes in Barcelona’s Club World Cup campaign and Dani Alves had to talk him round.
AS reports the German goalkeeper hoped to play a part in the tournament in Japan but was instead second fiddle to Claudio Bravo as Barca beat Guangzhou Evergrande and River Plate to lift the trophy.
It’s said that Ter Stegen quickly left the field during Barca’s post-match celebrations, and didn’t do much celebrating himself.
Ter Stegen was ‘distant’ during the team dinner and on the trip back to Spain, Alves was trying to cheer up his teammate.
Former Borussia Monchengladbach goalkeeper Ter Stegen has always been Barca’s Cup choice, appearing in the Champions League and Copa del Rey, but it was Bravo, who plays the League games, who got the nod in Japan.
AS suggests that Coach Luis Enrique needs to intervene to avoid Ter Stegen’s disappointment becoming a greater issue among the squad.