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Marc-Andre ter Stegen v Manuel Neuer: Who is the better goalkeeper?

By Daniel Lewis

Lisbon, August 14: European heavyweights Barcelona and Bayern Munich face off at the Estadio da Luz on Friday (August 14) 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.

Games played (all club competitions)

Ter Stegen: 45

Neuer: 48

Total Passes

Ter Stegen: 1529

Neuer: 1784

Average number of passes per game

Ter Stegen: 33.98

Neuer: 37.17

Passing accuracy

Ter Stegen: 85.87

Neuer: 86.66

Shots faced

Ter Stegen: 461

Neuer: 422

Average number of shots faced per game

Ter Stegen: 10.24

Neuer: 8.79

Saves

Ter Stegen: 107

Neuer: 110

Goals conceded

Ter Stegen: 42

Neuer: 47

Expected goals conceded

Ter Stegen: 49.34

Neuer: 51.44

Expected goals on target conceded

Ter Stegen: 46.36

Neuer: 50.74

Average goals conceded inside the box

Ter Stegen: 36

Neuer: 41

Average goals conceded outside the box

Ter Stegen: 6

Neuer: 6

Save percentage

Ter Stegen: 71.62

Neuer: 69.48

Average number of goals conceded per game

Ter Stegen: 0.93

Neuer: 0.98

Clearances (including punches)

Ter Stegen: 32

Neuer: 22

Errors leading to goals

Ter Stegen: 3

Neuer: 2

Errors leading to shots (including goals)

Ter Stegen: 7

Neuer: 6

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Story first published: Friday, August 14, 2020, 11:30 [IST]
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