Oct 04, 2016

    Barcelona goalie admits error but won't change style


    BARCELONA goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen insisted he will not change his flamboyant style, despite a huge error costing the Spanish champions a 4-3 defeat to Celta Vigo on Sunday.

    Three Celta goals in 11 first-half minutes from Pione Sisto, Iago Aspas and a Jeremy Mathieu own goal had Barca on the ropes before a second-half revival saw Gerard Pique and a Neymar penalty haul the visitors back into the game.

    However, the German goalie then chipped the ball onto the head of Pablo Hernandez for Celta's fourth to end hopes of a heroic comeback before Pique headed home Barca's third late on.

    "If I don't make that mistake, we had a good chance to win the game," said ter Stegen.

    "It is a mistake that I cannot make.

    "It's my fault but, although it's happened, I won't entirely change the way I play."

    Said Pique: "We know Marc is very good with his feet.

    "He gives us a lot and many good moves begin thanks to him.

    "We all make mistakes and, knowing him, it won't affect him."

    Defeat means Barca missed out on the chance to move top on a wild day of La Liga action.

    Real Madrid drew for the fourth consecutive game as they were held 1-1 at home by Eibar.

    Atletico Madrid and Real lead Barca by two points after Atletico shrugged off seeing two penalties saved to beat Valencia 2-0.