After Manuel Neuer got injured in 2017, Barcelona’s number one, Marc-Andre ter Stegen took over the spotlight in Europe.
One Ter Stegen took hold of the number one shirt in Barcelona, he didn’t let go.
The German developed into Europe’s premier goalkeeper, saving Barcelona’s points week after week.
This hasn’t gone unnoticed, as Ter Stegen is widely considered as one of the best in the business.
Meanwhile, the other German ace, Manuel Neuer was never the same after an injury that saw him miss 37 matches for Bayern.
Joachim Low suddenly had to resolve a difficult issue of picking Germany’s main goalkeeper.
It seems as if Low went with a conservative solution as Neuer kept his spot even though he had some bad showings.
This fired up a debate in Germany, and now Hamit Altintop, a former Bayern player, gave his thoughts on the situation.
Talking to Goal, Altintop commented:
“It’s a nice problem for Germany to have when you have goalkeepers at that level,” he said.
“It’s a nice problem – a luxury even. Manuel Neuer is maybe the better goalkeeper but the second choice is very good too.
“It’s good if there’s a positive fight for the shirt but we must respect what Joachim Low says, he’s the manager.
“We have to respect his choices but the media likes to play with [the situation]. They like debate and controversy.
“I think the atmosphere in the team between the two goalkeepers is good.”
Altintop is on Neuer’s side. It’s not a surprise given that Altintop spent four years at Bayern, making 63 appearances.
He is now retired, living in Turkey with his family after a rich playing career which also had him wear Schalke, Real Madrid, and Galatasaray shirt.