Lewandowski and Ter Stegen in the groove
The victory at Valencia saw our striker continue his goalscoring streak and our stopper get another clean sheet
Lewandowski and Ter Stegen continue to grab the headlines at FC Barcelona. Both players are key to Xavi's plans, with the stats also backing this up, after they extended their respective runs in the win at Valencia (0-1). Our number 9 just can't stop scoring in LaLiga, while our number 1 earned yet another clean sheet in the competition. Tangible achievements that mean Barça are out in front for leading goalscorer and most clean sheets in the league.
Goalscoring and Lewandowski are simply synonymous. 13 goals in 12 games in LaLiga have the Polish marksman leading the goalscoring table. This astonishing start is the best by a Barça player in 26 years. The number 9 joins a select group who scored more than 12 goals in their first 12 league games - stellar names such as Ronaldo, Romario, Johan Cruyff, Kubala and Josep Escolà. If we cast a glance at the other LaLiga teams, this type of goalscoring start has not been seen since Cristiano Ronaldo at Real Madrid during the 2014/15 season.
Furthermore, as the last game in the Mestalla stadium showed, a goal from Lewandowski is guaranteeing wins for Barça. The Pole struck against Real Sociedad (2), Valladolid (2), Sevilla, Cádiz, Elche (2), Mallorca, Villarreal (2), Athletic and Valencia, all games that Xavi's side went on to win. He also grabbed the first goal in six of those games.
The German stopper continues to claim clean sheets in LaLiga, now 10 in 12 games. This is the first time any goalkeeper has ever started a league season with such stats. So, Barça's number one made history by not conceding a goal against Valencia, while continuing his superb start.
He is leading the table for clean sheets in LaLiga this season and shining bright for Barça. Ter Stegen and Robert Lewandowski - a unique partnership in the league that no one has been able to knock out of their groove so far.