Barcelona won and Marc-Andre Ter Stegen is back. But will he be sold to avoid Bankruptcy faced by Barcelona? Which side will buy him? What Barcelona will do to avoid Bankruptcy?
Barcelona have been boosted by the return of goalkeeper Marc-Andre Ter Stegen after the German was named in the squad for Wednesday's Champions League game at home to Dynamo Kiev. He delivered a man of the match performance. It seems like he never left.
Barcelona grabbed narrow 3 points against a COVID hit FC Dynamo Kiev team. They managed to win 2-1 at the Camp Nou after a late attempt by Kiev side to rescue a draw. Leo Messi scored from the spot in the 5th minute of the game. Gerard Pique converted the lead to 2-0 at the 65’ minute. But Dynamo Kiev responded late. V. Tsygamkov scored at the 75’ minute and they were pretty close to score the equaliser for the better part of 2nd half.
Barca started off pretty well. A lot of chances were created in the first few minutes. Courtesy to Messi's fantastic run in the box, Barcelona was awarded a penalty which Messi calmly converted it into a goal.
Antoine Griezmann had two easy chances to score but he couldn’t put the ball past the keeper.
20-year-old American Sergino Dest was amazing in the RB position. He looked very confident. He seems like a perfect pit to Sergi Roberto after not so improved performance from Roberto over the years. Busquets was slow. In many occasion, he lost the control of the midfield and triggered counter-attack in favour of Kiev side.
Frenkie De Jong started as Centre Back in the absence of Lenglet and Umtiti. Even though he started as CB, he stride forward often and Barcelona played with 3 men back line most of the time.
But as Dynamo Kiev started pressing, Barcelona lost control of the tempo and almost conceded. But Ter Stegen was impregnable. He had in total of 6 saves. He saved point blank 1v1 to maintain Barcelona Lead.
Barca was left clueless on many occasions. Due to the high line, Barcelona was maintaining, they were able to easily counter-attack but the decision making of the front three of Dynamo Kiev was not enough to beat the Spanish side.
Ter Stegen is truly back – Alive and Well
German goalkeeper Ter Stegen - who signed a contract with the club until 2025 in October - has been out since undergoing knee surgery in August following their 8-2 humiliation to Bayern Munich in last season's Champions League.
The Catalan giants have suffered badly in the 28-year-old No 1's absence, having failed to win any of their last four LaLiga matches. In his absence, they suffered heavily in their last El Classico losing 1-3 at the Camp Nou.
Brazilian who filled up for the German, Neto made a terrible error in 1-1 draw at Alaves, which left Barca 12th in the LaLiga standings and nine points behind leaders Real Sociedad.
Ter Stegan delivered a performance that not only saved Barcelona but also shine a light on the fact that he is as important as Leo Messi in the Catalan Side.
Contract renewed but worries ahead
Reports in Spain claimed the club would look to sell him to Bayern Munich to help ease their financial burden, despite his recent contract renewal.
Todo Fichajes, via AS, claim the Bundesliga giants view Ter Stegen as an ideal replacement for the 34-year-old Manuel Neuer, with a £72m (€80m) fee being discussed.
A few months earlier Barcelona board announced Ter Stegan to be one of the untouchables in the transfer market. But the Catalan club is on the verge of Bankruptcy. They may be unwilling to sell Ter Stegan but if a situation arises where they could not reduce the wage bill or avoid bankruptcy; they might be considering selling him to Bundesliga side Bayern.
The club has set a deadline of November 5 to agree on wage cuts so that the budget for this season can be announced, with the board hoping players agree to receive the same salaries but over a longer period of time.
This would lessen the club's financial burden in the short-term. But it would be a tough game to play in a long time. Ironically Ter Stegen is the only one agreed to these terms first hand.
Frenkie De Jong, Clement Lenglet and Gerard Pique have also agreed to the condition after joining Ter Stegen in signing new deals at Camp Nou last month.
Pique's new deal will see him stay at the club until June 2024, while centre back Lenglet and midfielder de Jong have contracts up to June 2026.