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Ter Stegen talks following MOTM performance against Dynamo Kyiv

Alexandre Patanian

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Marc-André Ter Stegen claimed the Man Of The Match award thanks to a handful of splendid saves against Dynamo Kyiv. After claiming his deserved award, Ter Stegen spoke about the team’s and his performance.

It was an excited Ter Stegen that went to share his thoughts. First, the 28-year-old goalie spoke about his happiness following his return to the field. The keeper wanted to leave a good impression on the fans and certainly did, keeping Kyiv’s attackers at bay for a while. After Neto’s shaky performance on the weekend, Ter Stegen’s display was refreshing to many fans.

“It was important to win today. I had a great desire to get back on the field.”

Ter Stegen | Post-match interview

The Barcelona keeper then spoke about the team’s performance. He reckons that his side controlled the fixture in the first half while losing all sense of control in the second. Despite the slip in the second half, Ter Stegen loved the team’s shape and the way they won.

“We controlled the game in the first-half, but later on we lost control.”

Ter Stegen | Post-match interview

However, he still considered that the last part of the second half wasn’t good enough as the Culés suffered. Still, the German is ecstatic following the important victory in the Champions League. After all, starting with nine points out of nine possible is excellent for any side.

“The most important thing today was the win. I’m very happy with the win and my return.”

Ter Stegen | Post-match interview

Finally, Ter Stegen shared his thoughts about his extension. He stated that he loves the club, and there was never any doubt concerning his renewal. “It was a matter of talking,” said the German who had enjoyed a superb night in goal for Barça.

The Catalan giants can be happy with their keeper. He brought back serenity in goal and will now aim to get his first clean sheet of the season against Betis on Saturday.

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Just in: Neymar’s entourage confirms renewal with PSG as he ‘likes the project’

Udhav Arora

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Fabrizio Romano has broken huge news as part of Neymar’s contract situation with Paris Saint-Germain, which all but officially announces that the Brazilian will be staying in France, contrary to what has been reported recently. The report suggests that that he will sign his extension soon, which is bound to include a massive UCL bonus.

Neymar’s entourage have confirmed his decision to stay with the Paris outfit in conversation with France Football, saying, “Neymar wants to stay at PSG. He sees that the club is growing. He likes the project.”

PSG have, in fact, actually enjoyed success in Europe in the recent past. They reached the Champions League final last season, crumbling only to the unstoppable Bayern Munich by a mere one goal to nil. Since then, they have fired Thomas Tuchel, and hired Mauricio Pochettino, who inspired an incredible victory against Bayern in this season’s Champions League quarters. Spearheaded by Neymar and Mbappe, the capital-side hit the defending champions for three goals, conceding two.

Despite their lead in the UCL, they do not have a stronghold on the trophy with the likes of Manchester City, Chelsea, and Real Madrid still in the running. It becomes a lot more problematic when you realise their situation in Ligue 1.

PSG look far from comfortable in the league, which is a shocker to say the least. As it stands, Pochettino’s mean are in second place with 66 points, three adrift of Lille who top the table with one of the most impressive defensive records in Europe.

A season without either of the big trophies might force Neymar to have a change of mind, with the Barcelona project looking much more comprehensive under Joan Laporta. In fact, the new President might look at the Brazilian as the key that will allow Lionel Messi to stay at the club. We do the same rumours annually, so it is only fair if any of these ‘confirmations’ are turned on their head in the coming weeks.

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