Celebrity News: Chilean Claudio Bravo and German Marc-André Ter Stegen, who shared their team when they were in Barcelona, will face each other again on Sunday in the Confederations Cup final.
Bravo had to leave Barcelona a year ago after the Catalan club opted for the youth of the German goalkeeper, who threatened to leave to another team before the Chilean title with Luis Enrique.
While Ter Stegen was consolidating in Barcelona, Bravo lived a real calvary in Manchester City, where he arrived requested by Pep Guardiola.
Both started off badly in the Confederations Cup as Joachim Löw gave Bernd Leno the title and Bravo could not dispute for injury the first two matches of the tournament against Cameroon and Germany.
The disastrous performance of Leno before the Australians, especially in the second goal, forced Löw to start Ter Stegen.
Bravo returned to the Australians after almost a month in the dry dock to replace Johnny Herrera and was among the best of his team.
In the semifinals, the goalkeeper returned to demonstrate their reflexes by stopping the three penalties launched by the Portuguese players, in addition to saving a goal sung before André Silva.
It was not the first time. He had already done so in the two Copa América finals won by La Roja against Messi’s Argentina and back in 2006, he had already given Colo-Colo a title in the Apertura final against Universidad de Chile.
The Chilean coach, Juan Antonio Pizzi, did not tire of repeating throughout the tournament that Bravo is the moral reference of the team, regardless of whether he plays or not.
Ter Stegen has scored a great level since the first phase against Chile and in the semifinals against Mexico avoided several goals.
Now, no one doubts that the Barcelona goalkeeper is the undisputed holder of Germany in this tournament and the next goalkeeper of the “main shaft” once Neuer withdraws.
At 34, Bravo is in the final stretch of his career, while Ter Stegen, 25, has all the future ahead, but both are joined by the Barça shirt. EFE