"When they man mark you, your goalkeeper is the one who has to manage the ball and find spaces and the players that can lose their markers. Marc (ter Stegen) is extraordinary at making these decisions, he does it well and he will keep on doing it, trying to improve."
This was Barcelona coach Quique Setien's response to his goalkeeper's role in Barcelona's 2-1 win over Getafe at Camp Nou on Saturday.
The number of times Barça used Ter Stegen in the game though (he made 69 passes) was a reason for complaint at Camp Nou, with the supporters jeering on several occasions the decision to go all the way back.
As Setien explained, due to the pressing from Bordalas' Getafe, Barça were often obliged to seek out Ter Stegen, who obviously was not marked and was the free man at the back.
"Whistled for taking risks at the back?" Setien said in his press conference post-game. "It's all a product of neves, there are difficulties and sometimes you see the ball close to your area, even I get nervous, but it's a sign of our identity, controlling the game from the back. The risk may be high, but so are the benefits."
Barça ended up winning the game thanks to goals from Antoine Griezmann and Sergi Roberto. Angel pulled one back for Getafe and Ter Stegen made a fine save to stop them from equalising.