Barcelona set to beat 53-year European defensive file

Despite the mass of damaging press that has surrounded Barcelona over the previous two to a few seasons and notably proper now within the wake of the Casa Negreira referee funds scandal, they’ve been having a good time on the pitch.

The Blaugrana are sitting very fairly on the high of La Liga with a 12-point lead over present champions Real Madrid and have the lead within the Copa del Rey semi-final tie between the 2 sides, that means they’re nicely set to win two trophies this season.

The European marketing campaign might haven’t gone to plan after dropping out of the Champions League after which being booted out of the Europa League by Manchester United, however Xavi Hernandez is actually doing a very good job on the pitch with a squad that also wants a number of work.

While the La Liga title shall be Xavi’s major purpose, he might be about to interrupt a reasonably particular file along with his Barcelona aspect.

As issues stand, the present Barcelona aspect is ready to interrupt the file for the fewest objectives conceded per sport throughout a league marketing campaign.

Barcelona have solely conceded 9 occasions of their 26 La Liga video games thus far which suggests they’re averaging 0.346 objectives conceded per sport. That places them on the high of the leaderboard for the very best defensive information ever within the high 5 leagues in Europe.

They are presently beating the file that was set by Cagliari again within the 1969/70 season. In the 30 Serie A video games that season, they solely conceded 11 objectives. Barcelona have nonetheless acquired 12 video games left to play this season however on present trajectory, even when they concede extra objectives than that Cagliari aspect, they may beat the file.

If they concede 4 extra objectives, they’d nonetheless beat the file and finish with a objectives conceded per sport fee of 0.342, higher than Cagliari’s 0.367.



Godin and Atletico have been feared within the mid 2010s / GERARD JULIEN/GettyImages

Spanish sides don’t characteristic very closely on the listing with English and Italian groups dominating the standings for the historic finest defences within the high 5 European leagues.

It could be an enormous shock now if Barcelona don’t set the file for La Liga sides. It presently belongs to the Atletico Madrid aspect from 2015/16 which conceded 18 objectives within the 38 video games, setting a file of 0.474. That is matched precisely by the 1993/94 Deportivo La Coruna aspect.

Barcelona would want to concede the identical quantity of objectives within the final 12 video games as they’ve within the first 26 video games to not break the Spanish file, which might be an enormous shock.

It was not essentially anticipated that Barcelona could be so good on the again this season. They have had numerous accidents and rotation with the full-backs this season which ought to work towards them.

The main profit is that each Andreas Christensen and Jules Kounde have settled into life at Barcelona very well, whereas Ronaldo Araujo has proven when match he is without doubt one of the strongest defenders in Europe. Having Sergio Busquets nonetheless taking part in nicely in entrance of them additionally makes it a lot simpler.

The different key ingredient is the very good type of Marc-Andre ter Stegen in objective. The goalkeeper has to take an enormous quantity of credit score for these defensive numbers, however it’s actually a staff effort.


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