Champions League

Ter Stegen impresses Low

2015-06-08 10:11
Marc-andre Ter Stegen celebrates during the Champions League final (Gallo Images)

Berlin - Marc-Andre Ter Stegen has boosted his chances of playing for the world champions after the Barcelona goalkeeper impressed Germany coach Joachim Low in his side's Champions League final victory.

Ter Stegen capped his first season at Barcelona by winning the treble with a fine goalkeeping display as the Catalan giants beat Juventus 3-1 in Berlin on Saturday, which was the club's fifth European crown.

The German was impressive in keeping the Juventus attack at bay and his performance caught the eye of Germany's World Cup-winning coach.

"I am, of course, especially happy for Marc-Andre ter Stegen. He has been rewarded with this title for all his perseverance and his consistently good performances," Low told dfb.de.

Ter Stegen, who joined Barca from Borussia Monchengladbach last year, forced his way into the starting side having sat on the bench for most of their Spanish league matches.

"It is simply awesome to have won the title. We played outstanding football and the team deserved it," said Ter Stegen.

"It's not been an easy year for me, but it's not about the individual, it's about the team."

He will travel with Germany's Under-21 squad to play in the junior European Championships in the Czech Republic later this month which serves as an Olympic qualifier.

The German youngster had dropped down the pecking order of goalkeepers after allowing the ball to roll into his own net following a back pass in Germany's 4-3 friendly defeat to the USA on tour in 2013.

Now 23 and full of confidence, he may well add to his four senior caps in future friendlies, but Bayern Munich's Manuel Neuer, who is 29-years-old, remains Loew's first-choice goalkeeper.

"For me, he has made a further step, he shines despite his young age and already plays with tremendous authority. His development is not finished yet," said Germany's goalkeeping coach Andreas Koepke.

The senior Germany squad host the USA in a friendly on Wednesday before their Euro 2016 qualifier against Gibraltar away next Saturday with Dortmund's Roman Weidenfeller and Hanover's Ron-Robert Zieler called up.

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