Clean Sheet Sweep: Barcelona?s High-Flying Defence - football

Clean Sheet Sweep: Barcelona?s High-Flying Defence



The case for the defence Despite Barcelona?s dominance of La Liga this season, one concern has been the sense of vulnerability at the back. It was poor defending that lead to disappointing results such as the 2-1 loss to Leganes, in which the victors scored two goals within the space of a minute and only managed 22% possession. Soon after, Barca endured yet another humiliating defeat at the hands of Real Betis, this time conceding a massive four goals at home and missing out on the win despite racking up more opportunities on goal.
While further defeats have not arrived, this suspect defensive form has been seen again in frustrating draws against the likes of Girona, as well as home and away draws against Athletic Bilbao and Valencia.
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However, as the season has progressed the Blaugranes defence has seemed to completely revamp their playing style and appear to be fresher, stronger and more alert on the pitch.
After what seemed like an eternity, the Catalonian giants have finally rediscovered their ability to keep clean sheets and have done so impressively, earning themselves six clean sheets in the last seven matches in all competitions. To add to this impressive feat, a number of these clean sheets came against top-tier opposition such as Atletico Madrid and Manchester United, the latter of whom they secured clean sheets against in both legs of the Champions League clash.

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