Sunday March 29 2020
Ter Stegen impressed by 'special' San Paolo

Barcelona goalkeeper Marc-André ter Stegen has revealed that the San Paolo “has something special” after playing Napoli in the Champions League.

The match in Naples ended in a 1-1 draw and the return leg at Camp Nou has been delayed because of the coronavirus pandemic, but the 27-year-old revealed that the first leg in Italy made a great impression.

“The San Paolo is not very modern, that’s true, but it has something special,” the German keeper told El Pais. “You feel the pressure of the fans, they play an important role.

“I like these kinds of matches, like the ones against Athletic Bilbao. Those matches where you play in front of fans that really supports the squad.”

He arrived in Catalonia from Borussia Mönchengladbach in 2014 and has revealed that the atmosphere is completely different at Camp Nou than he was used to in Germany.

“It’s unique, there’s a different mentality,” he said. “In Germany they sing a lot more, while the Barcelona fans appreciate the details.

“They get excited about the play. I like it when they sing the name of [Frenkie] de Jong for example, after he made a nice individual movement.”

Ter Stegen revealed that he doesn’t watch a lot of football and wouldn’t know the names of all his opponents in La Liga.

“I only watch a game if it’s interesting or if a friend of mine plays,” he added. “I have a very bad memory, sometimes they ask me the name of a footballer and I can’t answer.

“In Spain, for example, I don’t know the names of my opponents. I limit myself to watch the various videos, where I study how they move and how they finish."

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