Barcelona and Borussia Dortmund played out a goalless draw in their opening Group F fixture of the 2019-20 Champions League at Signal Iduna Park.
Barcelona enjoyed the larger share of possession, but it was Borussia Dortmund who had the better chances in the game. However, a combination of some ordinary finishing from the home team and some top-class goalkeeping from Marc-Andre ter Stegen ensured Ernesto Valverde’s men did not succumb to a defeat on Tuesday night.
The German international made several saves to deny former Borussia Monchengladbach teammate Marco Reus, including stopping a penalty in the second half, although he did appear to be off the line when Reus took the kick. In the end, ter Stegen’s heroics helped Barcelona shut out their hosts and return home with a point in the bag.
The result, naturally, left a bitter taste in the mouths of the Barcelona supporters and they took to Twitter in full force demanding manager Valverde’s sacking;
VALVERDE OUT MORE THAN EVER
— Messi Brasil 🎗 (@PortalMessi) September 17, 2019
— Niko (@iniesta_el8) September 17, 2019
VALVERDE OUT VALVERDE OUT VALVERDE OUT VALVERDE OUT VALVERDE OUT VALVERDE OUT VALVERDE OUT VALVERDE OUT VALVERDE OUT VALVERDE OUT VALVERDE OUT VALVERDE OUT VALVERDE OUT VALVERDE OUT VALVERDE OUT VALVERDE OUT VALVERDE OUT VALVERDE OUT VALVERDE OUT VALVERDE OUT VALVERDE OUT VALVERD
— hevila¹⁸⁹⁵ (@vixxcacrf) September 17, 2019
How is Ernesto ‘The Fraud’ Valverde still in managing the team?
— Rehman (@armallah_) September 17, 2019
GET THAT FRAUD OUT OF THIS CLUB#VALVERDEOUT
— Geralt (@Geralt_of_Svk) September 17, 2019
Bro this is the most stressful season since the Tata Martino season already. I’m sorry but something needs to change and it’s probably Valverde.
— Jeff Brayner (@BraynerJeff) September 17, 2019
With Valverde its iver before it started. No CL as long as hes around.
— Goal Digger (@GoalDiggerFCB) September 17, 2019
#ValverdeOut is successfully destroying Barcelona. For entire game the Dortmund goalkeeper did not make a single save. This team won’t go to group stages with this stupid coach
— PushaNgeLorry (@HolaBoySho) September 17, 2019
While there was a lot of criticism leveled at the manager, the fans were equally in praise of goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen, as it was his heroics between the sticks that salvaged a point for Barcelona.
— Anto (@otusaku) September 17, 2019
THANKS TER STEGEN
— Messimaniacas (@Messimaniacas_) September 17, 2019
All Thanks To Ter Stegen We Can Still Sleep 😴 Peacefully Tonight pic.twitter.com/60nZSIZQ7s
— Dr Khushboo 🤭 (@khushikadri) September 17, 2019
Should have lost, Ter Stegen saved Barcelona. LITERALLY
— FCB (@FCB54683186) September 17, 2019
— ⅅ乇尺乇Ҡ (@Ricomental) September 17, 2019
We are 💩 away from home, if it wasn’t for Marc Andre Ter Stegen we would have lost today. 😫🤬
— Bianca~💕🇵🇷 (@bianca12_92) September 17, 2019
Ter Stegen coming to Germany and showing Neuer he’s the present and future as the best goalkeeper in his homeland.
— Rafael Hernández (@RafaelH117) September 17, 2019
Ter Stegen stats vs Dortmund:
1 Penalty Saved.
1 Runs out.
92.3 % pass accuracy
3 Long balls completed
2 Duels won
1 Fouls won pic.twitter.com/BrU9IQjmK7
— ` (@MartensxMessi) September 17, 2019