The Union goalkeeper coach used current figures from the first seven games of the first Bundesliga in the current 2021/22 season to illustrate how strongly the goalkeeper is now integrated into team play. He compared the three goalkeepers Florian Müller (VfB Stuttgart), Andreas Luthe (Union Berlin) and Stefan Ortega (Arminia Bielefeld). Ball actions are defined as actions of the goalkeeper with hands and feet. His tests revealed the following values for the three keepers:
Florian Müller: 38 ball actions, 31.1 passes, 26.7 passes
Andreas Luthe: 40.5 actions on the ball, 34.2 passes, 28.7 passes
Stefan Ortega: 63.8 actions on the ball, 57 passes, 54.1 passes
The results clearly show how much actions with the foot have increased among goalkeepers. They now account for 75-80% of goalkeeper play.
More important to Michael Gspurning than the number of ball actions, however, is the question of how the return passes are processed. For this purpose, he has examined the actions after back passes to Luthe in his own analysis. The Union goalkeeper had the fewest back-pass actions in the match against FC Augsburg (11), the most in the match in Prague (22). In 5-10 actions, he had pressure actions, i.e. he had to act under time and opponent pressure. For the analysis of the goalkeeper's behavior, three questions are important for Gspurning: What happened? How did the goalkeeper behave? What can we improve? With the help of these questions, he then works out suggestions for improvement with his goalkeepers.