Claudio Bravo

La Liga has reached the halfway stage and Barça’s keeper in the nineteen matches played to date, Claudio Bravo, has only conceded nine goals. A remarkable record unmatched by any other goalkeeper this century.

He’s on an average of just 0.48 goals a game, a better record than any winner of the Zamora Trophy since the 1993/94 season, when Francisco Liaño leaked just 0.47 goals a game. At the halfway stage, the Deportivo stopper had only let in six goals, three fewer than Bravo this year. José Francisco Molina of Atlético Madrid had conceded eight goals in the first half of the 1995/96 season, the only other time since La Liga was expanded to 20 teams that a goalkeeper has conceded fewer goals than Bravo at this stage of a campaign.

The last time a Barça goalie matched Bravo’s current record was back in 1986/87, when Andoni Zubizarreta was only beaten seven times, although there were two fewer teams to play in those days.  The best Barça record in a 20-team season was, until now, set by Víctor Valdés with ten goals conceded in the 2009/10 season.

12 clean sheets

Bravo has recorded an astonishing 12 shutouts in the first 19 games of the current Liga season. That means only seven teams have been able to put a goal past him, and only one, Real Madrid can claim to have scored two or more. Celta, Almeria, Sevilla, Espanyol, Real Sociedad and Atlético all scored just once in their meetings with FC Barcelona.

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