21 clean sheets!
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The 0-0 draw with Girona at Spotify Camp Nou may not have brought three points but it nevertheless extended the lead on Real Madrid to 13 points. With ten games to go, Barça now know that they need to win six of them to be guaranteed a 27th Liga title.
The result also maintained the team's incredible defensive record. 28 games gone and just nine goals conceded. There are Spanish records on the horizon. And European ones too.
Just nine goals conceded
The Catalans have by far the best defensive record in the competition. Next in line are Atlético Madrid with 20 conceded, followed by Real Madrid with 24. In the other four biggest leagues in Europe, only Lazio can match Atlético and no other team has let in fewer than 20 goals. That shows just how far out in front Barça are.
To date, Barça's best ever defensive record was the 18 goals in 30 games in the 1968/69 season with Salvador Artigas. After 38 games, Víctor Valdés and Claudio Bravo share the current record of 21 goals conceded in 2010/11 and 2014/15 (which were both all title winning campaigns). Ter Stegen is well on course to set a brand new all-time best.
The European record this century belongs to Chelsea. Under Jose Mourinho, the Londoners leaked just 15 goals in the 2004/05 season, and won the Premier League by 12 points. For the moment, Barça are on course to topple that amazing record too.
Two clean sheets short of record
Ter Stegen has now kept 21 clean sheets in 2022/23. That is already the second best record in club history, and the German stopper needs just two more shutouts to match the 21 by Claudio Bravo in 2014/15.
Chelsea top again
Petr Cech, in the aforesaid title-winning season at Chelsea, holds the record for clean sheets in one of the 'big five' leagues, 25 out of 38 games. So Ter Stegen needs to go unbeaten in four more games to set a new record.
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