European heavyweights Barcelona and Bayern Munich face off at the Estadio da Luz on Friday in the pick of the Champions League quarter-finals.
While plenty of focus will be on hotshot attackers Lionel Messi and Robert Lewandowski, it may well be at the other end of the field where the one-legged tie is decided.
German compatriots Marc-Andre ter Stegen and Manuel Neuer are two of the finest goalkeepers of their generation, playing a huge part in their clubs’ success on the field.
But there is a feeling Ter Stegen is not recognised as the star he is in his own country, which is largely down to the presence of Neuer – Germany’s long-standing number one.
And to further fan the flames, Bayern chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge last week claimed he is not yet at the same world-class level as Neuer, who is six years older.
Using Opta stats for the 2019-20 season, we compare the rival stoppers in a number of different departments to establish who is truly the better all-round keeper.
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Games played (all club competitions)
Ter Stegen: 45
Ter Stegen: 1529
Average number of passes per game
Ter Stegen: 33.98
Ter Stegen: 85.87
Ter Stegen: 461
Average number of shots faced per game
Ter Stegen: 10.24
Ter Stegen: 107
Ter Stegen: 42
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Expected goals conceded
Ter Stegen: 49.34
Expected goals on target conceded
Ter Stegen: 46.36
Average goals conceded inside the box
Ter Stegen: 36
Average goals conceded outside the box
Ter Stegen: 6
Ter Stegen: 71.62
Average number of goals conceded per game
Ter Stegen: 0.93
Clearances (including punches)
Ter Stegen: 32
Errors leading to goals
Ter Stegen: 3
Errors leading to shots (including goals)
Ter Stegen: 7
Published 14 Aug 2020, 11:30 IST
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