05 April 2016

Ter Stegen to get the nod against Atletico Madrid

My Column for Marca

BarcelonaIt's all heads on deck ahead of Champions League clash
Marc-Andre ter Stegen will start ahead of Claudio Bravo for Barcelona in their Champions League Clash against Atletico Madrid on Tuesday night.
Luis Enrique has a full squad but in cup games will elect to pick Ter Stegen over the Chilean, as has been the case since both custodians joined the club. 
However, having his best XI available hasn't always been a guarantee of success for the Asturian, as we saw at the weekend against Real Madrid
Barca also dropped points against Espanyol and Gary Neville's Valencia with a full selection.
Further, this competition has been a curse at times as far as injuries go for the treble winners.

Neymar, Dani Alves, Jordi Alba, Andres Iniesta and Lionel Messi have all been struck down in this year's Champions League campaign.

Luckily, their recent record against Diego Simeone's side is super. 
Having failed to beat them in six encounters when the Rojiblancos won the league two seasons ago, they've had the Indian sign over their rivals since and have beaten them in both league games already this term.
The biggest question for the Blaugrana is how they react to the weekend's setback. 
In the greater scheme of things, the result against Real should count for little as far as the league goes, but a much improved performance is needed here after that defeat.

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