Low urges ter Stegen to remain patient

Goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen is a doubt for Barcelona's Copa del Rey final against Valencia after picking up a knee injury.

Joachim Low has urged Marc-Andre ter Stegen to remain patient in his bid to become Germany’s undisputed number one.

Barcelona ace ter Stegen is widely regarded as one of the best goalkeepers in the world and he underlined those credentials on Tuesday night, saving a Marco Reus penalty as Barca began the new Champions League season with a 0-0 draw against Borussia Dortmund in Germany.

However, despite his qualities, ter Stegen remains behind Bayern Munich ace Manuel Neuer in the pecking order at international level, even though many people believe Germany’s captain may now be on the decline.

Neuer has started all five of Germany’s Euro 2020 qualifying games to date, keeping three clean sheets in the process and it does not appear Low will be making a change between the posts anytime soon, as he has instead called for ter Stegen to remain patient.

“We all can just be happy to have two world-class goalkeepers with Neuer and Ter Stegen. And Kevin Trapp or Bernd Leno are also capable of outstanding performances,” Low said to Bild. “We fully understand his disappointment but it’s like that – only one can play.

“We wanted to let him play in June but unfortunately he was slightly injured back then. And Manu has played very good games for us recently. He is our captain.”

Ter Stegen may get an opportunity to stake his claim for Neuer’s spot when Germany take on Argentina in an international friendly next month, although even a strong performance in that game may not be enough to convince Low to make a permanent change.