Marc-Andre ter Stegen is just not getting carried away with the superb begin Barcelona have made beneath new coach Ernesto Valverde and is all too conscious that “one unhealthy match” might price them dearly.
Barca have made their greatest ever begin to a La Liga season, choosing up 28 of a potential 30 factors and constructing an eight-point lead over Actual Madrid, who misplaced to Girona on the weekend.
Nonetheless, final season it was Barca who unexpectedly slipped up, crushed by the likes of Alaves, Malaga and Deportivo La Coruna, and ter Stegen is aware of there may be nonetheless a protracted method to go.
“Barcelona need to be at their greatest in each match,” he mentioned in an interview with WAZ. “One unhealthy match might price you the league. That is the motivation.
“You have got [to have] an excellent eating regimen, be well-prepared and go to coaching and need to be at your greatest. Generally it is nearly that few p.c which might make the distinction. Solely via that can you obtain every little thing.”
Ter Stegen has been in superb kind this season, protecting seven clear sheets in 10 league video games, and teammate Sergio Busquets mentioned a “giant half” of Barca’s win over Athletic on the weekend was right down to the keeper’s heroics.
With Bayern Munich’s Manuel Neuer injured, he’s additionally the present first selection for Germany’s nationwide staff after successful the Confederations Cup along with his nation in the summertime.
Regardless of his good kind, although, he’s concentrating on taking issues one sport at a time.
“I solely deal with the subsequent step,” he mentioned when requested if he was concentrating on Neuer’s place on the World Cup subsequent summer season. “The following step is [Barca’s] match in opposition to Olympiakos [on Tuesday].
“For those who begin excited about eventualities, you lose your focus and you’ll quickly neglect about it. For those who assume two steps forward, you neglect what’s necessary within the now. I discovered that from coach Lucien Favre at [Borussia Monchengladbach]. He was proper about that, too.”
Ter Stegen additionally had phrases of reward for worldwide teammate Leon Goretzka. The Schalke midfielder is out of contract subsequent summer season and has been linked with each Barca and Bayern.
“Whoever finally ends up getting him, I can solely congratulate the membership,” ter Stegen mentioned. “Perhaps he’ll keep at Schalke.”
He added: “I feel that he’ll get even higher sooner or later.”
Samuel Marsden covers Barcelona for ESPN FC. Observe him on Twitter @SamuelMarsden.