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Víctor Valdés. PHOTO: ARXIU FCB.

Barça failed to score at the Giuseppe Meazza in the first leg of their Champions League semi final with AC Milan, and so it is now crucially important that they don’t let any goals in on Tuesday night at the Camp Nou. But their home record this season suggests that it won’t be easy at all for the Italians to get on the scoresheet. In 15 out of 24 official matches played at home, Barça have managed to go the full 90 minutes without conceding a single goal.

15 clean sheets

In the present edition of the Champions League, Barça have been unbeaten in 2 out of 4 games at the Camp Nou, the ones against Viktoria Plzen (2-0) and BATE Borisov (4-0). The two teams that did find the target in the FCB stadium were precisely AC Milan (2-2) and also Bayer Leverkusen (7-1). In the league, Barça have kept the opposition away from their goal in 10 out of 15 games. Only Betis (4-2), Real Sociedad (2-1), Valencia (5-1), Sporting (3-1) and Granada (5-3) have managed to find the target.

In other competitions at the Camp Nou, Barça beat Real Madrid 3-2 in the Spanish Supercup and managed to avoid letting in any goals in 3 of their 4 Copa del Rey home fixtures. The only time they let any goals in was the 2-2 draw with Real Madrid in the quarter finals.

The goalkeeping duties have been shared by Víctor Valdés, who has appeared in 19 home games and has only been beaten in 8 of them, and José Manuel Pinto, who has kept four clean sheets out of five attempts. If Valdés remains the first choice goalkeeper for the rest of the season, he is set to overtake Carles Rexach to become the player with the fourth most appearances for Barça.

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