- Minute 26, Parc des Princes. Thiago Motta kicks a corner and Verratti scores the 2-1 against Barça. Ter Stegen doesn't calculate well the cross and can't save it.
- Minute 43 at El Madrigal. Ter Stegen makes his 20th pass against Villarreal's high pressure.
- Minute 78 at Camp Nou. Ter Stegen saves a penalty taken by Kun Aguero and avoids Manchester City's equalizer in the Champions League round of sixteen.
Three different situations with the same point in common: Ter Stegen's immutable face. No matter if it's after a mistake, a difficult situation or a magnificent save in a key penalty in the Champions league: his face is always the same, it doesn't change.
"People told me I would have a very high pressure at Barça but now I don't feel it at all", said the keeper in an interview with ARA newspaper. His passing game has been praised match after match. On Wednesday, Luis Enrique also praised more of his qualities: "He knows how to handle the pressure, he can make a mistake and later 3 great saves. He has a big personality and he is a perfect goalkeeper for Barça's way of playing".
No matter if it's after a mistake, a difficult situation or a magnificent save: his face doesn't change.
Replacing Victor Valdes was a very difficult job to do, but between Claudio Bravo and Ter Stegen they are doing fine. Valdes, meanwhile, is in Manchester, still without making his first team debut. Ter Stegen's added difficulty is that he is only playing Champions League and in such different stadiums as Huesca or Manchester.
I am sure Ter Stegen will make mistakes and more important ones than his latest run with Kun Aguero outside the area on Wednesday. It's almost an essential condition for his improvement and development as a goalkeeper. Meanwhile, and without considering himself a fortune-teller, his solemn figure will continue defending the posts. And from time to time, he will forgive his style book and will look at the stands while he hits his chest, proud of the job well done.