Marc-Andre ter Stegen thinks “psychological issues” may be the cause for Barcelona’s recent Champions League failures, and can’t promise it won’t happen again.
Nobody will forget anytime soon the way Ter Stegen and his Barcelona team-mates blew a 3-0 aggregate lead in the second-leg of their semi-final tie to go crashing out of last season’s Champions League to Liverpool.
Jurgen Klopp’s side went on the win the tournament, while Barcelona were left to pick up the pieces once again.
Ironically, they also blew a 4-1 advantage over AS Roma in 2017/18 in the semi-finals by losing the return leg 3-0.
Perhaps the most worrying thing for Barcelona fans, though, is the fact Ter Stegen can’t promise it won’t happen again this season.
“Things can’t be clarified by looking at tactical errors or in-game issues,” the Blaugrana goalkeeper 11 Freunde.
“I think that one must dive deeply into psychological issues.
“That’s why I would never say that it couldn’t happen to us again.
“We were all frozen by those games because there was no explanation.”
Meanwhile, Ter Stegen has helped Barcelona overcome a difficult start this season to return to the top spot in La Liga.
Ernesto Valverde’s side are on a four-match winning run in the league, with Ter Stegen doing his part by conceding just one goal. The German also became the first keeper in the club’s history to record an assist last month.
“I want to be a positive presence for Barcelona,” added the 27-year-old.
“I want to contribute to the style of play.
“Titles are important, but so are the memories of moments playing within a team.”
Ter Stegen will return to action on Tuesday night as Barcelona play host to Real Valladolid at Camp Nou in a La Liga match.