Klaus Augenthaler: Competition Is Natural, Players Should Work Harder

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Klaus Augenthaler said the ongoing struggle between Neuer and Ter Stegen is natural and that, if a player is criticised, he should work harder and prove himself

Written By Devarshi mankad | Mumbai | Updated On:

Klaus Augenthaler, former Germany international football player, was in Mumbai for an event wherein he said that the tussle between Germany's top goalkeepers for the position on the National side is not an issue to worry about.

Work hard and prove yourself

Augenthaler was asked about the recent controversy for Germany's number one goalkeeper.

Through a translator, he said, "Germany is really lucky to have three outstanding goalkeepers, so that's a lucky situation. But I am not the one deciding, it's the National coach."

On being pressed whether it was a healthy situation for the German national team, he said that the competition was normal and each player has to fight for his spot. "The competition is normal, it's been our tradition as well. We always had the challenge of having many good goalkeepers, and for sure I can understand any player who is not playing is unhappy, but that's the challenge." He spoke about the time when he was a part of the team and also said that players should work harder if they are placed on the bench.

"I was not amused when I have to sit on the bench and I did not get to play. If there are critics then I would work more and work hard, so then the coach would say that he is the player for the next match."

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In the lead up to the ongoing International break, Bayern Munich president Uli Hoeness said that if Barcelona's Marc-André ter Stegen is played ahead of Munich's Manuel Neuer, he would not let Munich players join the National squad. Hoeness was not ready to back down and threatened a boycott of Munich players, who form a large part of the National team. Ter Stegen recently said that he was disappointed at not being given enough opportunities even though he had been at the top of his game for the Spanish giants. 

Augenthaler is in Mumbai to hold a masterclass for a group of 18 underprivileged young girls, in a partnership with Häfele India and PIFA. He held an hour-long session, where he taught them techniques of dribbling, passing and heading the ball. PIFA has been supporting underprivileged kids to play football and develop them as a person.

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