What does it mean to be a goalkeeper at Barça? Based on Valdés’ golden standard, is ter Stegen the goalkeeper Barcelona needs?
Goalkeeping is the most delicate position in football. Goalkeepers rarely get praised for their performances, and even when they do it is often forgotten after a single mistake. Forwards can miss many clear-cut chances but it is accepted as part of the game, while every goalkeeper mistake that leads to a goal is considered fatal.
This peculiarity seems enhanced at FC Barcelona, where many keepers have struggled to establish themselves. Even Victor Valdés, who now is considered by many as the best Barcelona goalkeeper in history, needed several years to build his reputation and gain recognition from the fans.