In the wake of his disappointing performance against Tottenham Hotspur, Roman Bürki took to Instagram to give an apology of sorts.
Yesterday was not our best day, was not my best day! But we'll keep our heads up☝ and here a few words for the people who think they are goalie experts: "IT'S A MYTH. SOMETHING I HAVE NEVER UNDERSTOOD. ONE DAY SOMEONE JUST CAME UP WITH IT AND SAID A GOALKEEPER SHOULD NEVER BE BEATEN AT THEIR NEAR POST. ANYONE WHO HAS PLAYED IN GOAL KNOWS IT'S A HUGE AREA AND YOU TRY TO COVER THE WHOLE GOAL. YOU CAN'T TRY AND COVER THE WHOLE GOAL AND THE GUARANTEE THE BALL WON'T GO IN AT THE NEAR POST IF IT'S A GREAT SHOT. NEAR POST, FAR POST, YOU TRY TO COVER IT ALL AND YOU'RE NOT HAPPY IF IT GOES IN ANYWHERE" KASPER SCHMEICHEL @kasperschmeichel
The Swiss keeper definitely had a poor match last night. Not only did he surrender two almost identical goals near post, but he made several curious decisions coming off his line, including an instance where Heung-Min Son got around him, and he was only saved by the offside flag. You could tell there was a massive difference between the play of Hugo Lloris, one of the best keepers in the world, and Bürki.
It was not just an apology, though. In an attempt to defend himself from critics, Bürki lashed out at armchair general managers, “people who think they are goalie experts”. He quotes Leicester City keeper Kasper Schmeichel, who explains that stopping the ball near-post is not as easy as it is often made out to be.
While I’ve never played as a keeper, I can partially understand where he’s coming from. Harry Kane has a cannon of a shot, and he roofed the ball from near point-blank range. Son’s shot was a bit softer, and Bürki probably should have done better. Kane’s second goal is a bit more excusable, because it deflected off of Piszczek on the way in.
Regardless, it was a subpar performance from Bürki, and he needs to improve moving forward, especially if BVB are to right the ship and advance to the knockout stage.
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