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Barça are incredibly hard to score against in 2022/23. The last two games may have ended 0-0, which were not the best results, but the team is still 11 points clear at the top of the table and amazingly, the goals against count is still in single figures.
That means the team is on stronger course then ever to set a number of incredible defensive records.
22 clean sheets
In the 2014/15 season, Claudio Bravo made 23 clean sheets. That's the kind of stat that one would have imagined was practically impossible to beat, and yet Ter Stegen now needs just one more shutout to match that score, and has nine games left in which to beat it! And the way things are going this season, it would take a very brave man to bet against that happening.
The only team in Europe's biggest five leagues that comes anywhere close to that number is Lazio. Albeit after playing one game more, the Italians have made 18 shutouts. That's pretty impressive, but pales in comparison to FC Barcelona's record.
And they just keep coming! Ter Stegen hasn't picked the ball out of the net in the last three games. Keep this up and Barça might even surpass the simply astonishing Chelsea 2004/05 team that finished with 25 clean sheets. Three more for Barça and they'll match that.
Nine goals against
The Catalans have by far the best defensive record in the competition. Next in line are Atlético Madrid with 21 conceded, followed by Real Madrid with 24. In the other four biggest leagues in Europe, Lazio are Barça's closest challengers, but their record of 20 goals against is eleven short of Barça.
This could end up being the lowest number of goals conceded this century in Europe's top five league. That record also belongs to the Chelsea side coached by Jose Mourinho, which leaked just 15. If Barça can avoid conceding any more than six goals in their last nine games, they will have set a new record. They have a little more leeway to set a new Spanish Liga record, where the lowest tally is currently the 18 that went past Atlético Madrid in 2015/16.
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