‘Like Ronaldo and Messi’. Ter Stegen and Neuer square off in Champions League

first_img“In several areas that characterize modern goalkeepers, I consider them to be equal,” said Bodo Illgner, Germany’s goalkeeper thirty years ago when Lothar Matthaeus lifted the World Cup at Italy 1990.The 53-year-old says the pair are similar in their “play on the line, in one-on-ones, their charisma, and even in a penalty shoot-out”.Illgner believes Neuer has a more commanding presence “as a boss in his own penalty area”.After years as second choice for Germany, the 28-year-old Ter Stegen, who has made 24 international appearances, finally ran out of patience last September. ‘Like comparing Messi and Ronaldo’ Neuer has the physical edge as he stands 1.92 metres to Ter Stegen’s 1.87m, and makes every centimetre count when he is bearing down on a striker in the penalty area. Both ‘keepers also initiate play from their own area. “Both are great when it comes to being an 11th outfield player. Neuer has been the absolute benchmark in this area, but Ter Stegen has become a bit better than the original,” Illgner said.Benedikt Howedes, Neuer’s team-mate in Brazil when the Germans won the 2014 World Cup, compares the pair to two giants of the game.”It’s like comparing [Lionel] Messi and [Cristiano] Ronaldo – they’re both great,” says Hoewedes, who recently retired.In Saturday’s last 16 ties, Ter Stegen shaded it as he was only beaten when Napoli’s Lorenzo Insigne converted a penalty in Barcelona’s 3-1 win.Neuer was impressive in Bayern’s 4-1 win over Chelsea, but was beaten by a fierce shot from Tammy Abraham just before half-time.While critics point to the mistakes Neuer has become susceptible to in recent years, when he occasionally mistimes runs from his box, his enjoys an untarnished reputation in Germany as a world-class goalkeeper.Such is the faith shown by Bayern Munich that his contract expires in June 2023 — just after turns 37.Ter Stegen has two years left on his contract, but Barcelona are eager to extend his deal.Both goalkeepers face world-class finishers on Friday.Neuer is up against both Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez, while Ter Stegen faces the Champions League’s top-scorer Robert Lewandowski, who has 13 goals in seven European matches this campaign.Bayern midfielder Leon Goretzka, who has played with both for the national team, says Germany is spoiled for choice.”You can say they are the two best goalkeepers in the world,” Goretzka said Tuesday.”It’s good to have ‘Manu’ at the back, he brings a sense of security, but Marc-Andre has become world-class.” He caused a stir by saying he could not understand why Neuer, Germany’s goalkeeper since 2010, remains undisputed first-choice under head coach Joachim Loew.Bayern’s outspoken former president Uli Hoeness waded into the ensuing debate saying that Ter Stegen had “no right” to claim the position.Neuer, voted the world’s best goalkeeper for four years straight until 2016, is in the twilight of his career.Now Ter Stegen has the chance to show who is the best goalkeeper on the Champions League stage. Barcelona goalkeeper Marc-Andre Ter Stegen has the chance to advance his claim for Germany’s Number One shirt when he faces Bayern Munich and their veteran shot-stopper Manuel Neuer in Friday’s Champions League quarter-final.The 34-year-old Neuer has been Germany captain since Bastian Schweinsteiger retired in 2016.However, Ter Stegen is itching to usurp him as Germany goalkeeper, but there is not much to separate the pair. Topics :last_img read more

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Yggdrasil agrees Pinnacle deal

first_img StumbleUpon Danske Spil calls for esports makeover with Pinnacle Solution August 25, 2020 Related Articles Share Yggdrasil Gaming has agreed a deal to supply Pinnacle with its content and promotional tools.The deal with the online gaming operator will see popular Yggdrasil titles, such as Jungle Books and Pumpkin Smash, made available to its customers for the first time.To help support and promote the slots Pinnacle will be granted access to Boost, its collection of in game promotional tools, and Brag, a social sharing tool.Fredrik Elmqvist, Chief Executive Officer at Yggdrasil, said: “In what is still a relatively young industry, Pinnacle has been offering world-class online gaming to its customers for almost 20 years. It enjoys a loyal following of dedicated players who we are certain will enjoy Yggdrasil titles. “This is the latest major commercial signing for Yggdrasil, as we continue to add scale to the business and enter the next stage of our development.” Paris Smith, Chief Executive Officer at Pinnacle, added: “In a highly competitive sector, content is king, and it is essential that we add games from top developers such as Yggdrasil. “Yggdrasil slots are instantly recognisable, but what has really impressed us is the arsenal of promotional tools that help us boost retention and engagement.”This follows news of a recent similar link up with Jackpotjoy Group brands Vera&john and InterCasino, allowing the company to enter the Danish market for the first time as a result. Björn Nilsson: How Triggy is delivering digestible data through pre-set triggers August 28, 2020 Share Submit ESI Digital – No Drama Please… Esports growth should be treated as business as usual  August 20, 2020last_img read more

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