Ter Stegen rues Barcelona errors, defending after Juventus loss

By Dejan Kalinic 9 December 2020 13
Ter Stegen rues Barcelona errors, defending after Juventus loss

Marc-Andre ter Stegen lamented Barcelona's individual errors and defending after a 3-0 loss to Juventus in the Champions League.

A brace of penalties from Cristiano Ronaldo and Weston McKennie's goal saw Juve to victory at Camp Nou as they secured top spot in Group G on Tuesday.

Ter Stegen rued the mistakes made by Ronald Koeman's side, the club conceding three goals in a Champions League home game for the first time since May 2013.

"One thing is individual errors and another is the way you defend. They are different things and you have to value it differently," the goalkeeper said, via Marca.

"We don't get lucky from time to time either. As soon as we get lost they score a goal and this is very hard.

"We are in a phase and we must come out strong, do our homework and work hard to do it. We have to give it a little more from the beginning and come out stronger."

Sitting ninth in the LaLiga table, Koeman's men have suffered back-to-back defeats after being stunned by Cadiz on Saturday.

Ter Stegen is eager to see improvement from Barca, who are 12 points behind league leaders Atletico Madrid ahead of hosting Levante on Sunday.

"Until today we have played good games and we have won some very difficult ones. We cannot say that we had a bad phase," he said.

"We had all the illusion to continue and qualify as first but it is what we have. In the Champions League, whether you qualify first or second, they will never have an easy game against any rival.

"We are going to focus on what we have to do. We must improve and nothing more."

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