Marc André Ter Stegen is close to imposing a great record in La Liga dating from 1993-1994, when the Deportivo de la Coruña goalkeeper, Paco Liaño, finished it off with 18 goals conceded in 38 games in the Spanish league.
The German goalkeeper has conceded a goal from the goal on just eight occasions in the 25 days of the domestic competition that the Catalan team has played. This Sunday in San Mamés against Athletic Club he left a clean sheet and has gone 19 games without conceding a goal thanks to an impeccable performance.
The best example of the relevance of Ter Stegen to take the 0-1 victory could be seen in the final stretch of regulation time, when with Athletic focused on the Barça area, he took a shot at Yuri Berchiche from inside the area on the wrong foot. The rejection was caught by Gorka Guruzeta with a volley and then Marcos Alonso rejected it with his head on the goal line.
Since Barcelona returned from the World Cup break, they have only conceded three league goals in 11 games: against Espanyol (from a penalty), Betis and Almería. This fact has been especially relevant in a stretch in which the Catalan team has won six games 1-0 or 0-1.
The two teams that follow Barcelona in the list of the least goals scored are the second and third ranked in the League, Real Madrid and Atlético de Madrid. Both have received a total of 19 goals, more than double the number conceded by the blaugranas.
precisely this sunday Xavi Hernández’s team will face Real Madrid in a key duel in the fight for the league title. The white team is the only team in the League that has managed to beat Ter Stegen on more than one occasion in the same match. It was in the ‘classic’ of the first round, which they won 3-1.
In comparison with the other four major European leagues, Barcelona’s defense numbers also shine above the others. Napoli in Serie A, with 16 goals conceded in 26 games, is the closest. Newcastle have received 18 in 25 Premier League games; Lens, 21 in 27 Ligue 1 games; and Bayern Munich, 25 in 24 Bundesliga games.