After seasons of suffering and results below the fans’ expectations, FC Barcelona have seemingly recovered their domestic form, and are on course to win another La Liga title. A major part in this achievement has been played by the club’s defense and goalkeeper, Marc Andre Ter Stegen.
FC Barcelona’s defense has helped them to concede a particularly low number of goals this season, which can ultimately help the club secure some new records. For instance, in the 30 match days up to now, Barcelona have conceded only 9 goals. Porto conceded 10 goals in 1991-92 with Vitor Baia in the goal, while Chelsea conceded 15 goals in the 2004-2005 season, with Peter Cech being their goalkeeper.
Real Madrid also hold the record for conceding the lowest number of goals in a season in Spain, with 15 goals conceded in an 18-game-league campaign in 1931-32. In the modern 38-match league seasons, Deportivo and Atletico Madrid both hold the record of conceding only 18 goals in 38 match days.
Barcelona can overtake these records if they retain their defensive form for the rest of the season, and concede less than 6 goals in the remaining 8 games.
In addition to helping his club secure this position, Ter Stegen’s performances have also been a source of personal glory for the goalkeeper. The goalkeeper is on course to shatter some of the records held for conceding the lowest goals in a season.
Ter Stegen has currently kept 23 clean sheets this season, with 8 games remaining. Thus, he is close to overtaking the record held by the former Deportivo goalkeeper, Paco Liano, of keeping 26 clean sheets in a single league season.
Furthermore, having conceded only 2 goals in the first 15 home games of the season, Ter Stegen has also matched the record held by Cordoba in the 1964-65 season, and Pontevedra in the 1968-69 season.