Written by Euan McTear Produced by Tifo Studios

The position of goalkeeper is the most unique in the sport of football. They even wear a different coloured jersey, not to mention the gloves. As Russian-American novelist Vladimir Nabokov put it, “a goalkeeper is the lone eagle, the man of mystery, the last defender”.

That’s why goalkeepers should be treated differently to all other members of a squad and why Barcelona were smart in their handling of Marc-André ter Stegen’s arrival.

The patience shown by both the player and the club is now paying off and Barcelona have provided the rest of Europe’s top clubs with a template for how to incorporate a pricey and talented young goalkeeper into a new system.

 

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