Catalan giants FC Barcelona have never been a team that has been particularly famous for their defensive solidity, but since the start of the new season. Barca has only managed to concede five goals in 83 days, making the Blaugrana the “New Wall Of Europe”
Over the recent years, the arrival of another head coach has not implied an adjustment in style or approach for the Camp Nou outfit, rather frequently prompting a reinforcement of Cruyff‘s standards, but the former Athletic Bilbao manage isn’t like his predecessors.
Barcelona defensive train is the new expression of the law and the Azulgrana defense line has reacted staggeringly, conceding a goal per game count of just 0.28 having let in only four goals from their opening 10 LaLiga and four Champions League matches.
No coach in the modern history of the club can match that defensive stability; Pep Guardiola manage to concede only six in the first 14 games of his fourth year at the Camp Nou while Cruyff’s 1995/96 side had conceded eight strikes to beat them, a number matched twice by Frank Rijkaard and once by Louis van Gaal.
The undoubted Barca pillar so far this season has been Samuel Umtiti ” The Brick Wall”, who is indispensable for Valverde’s Barcelona with Jordi Alba likewise enjoying an outstanding purple patch.
Behind them, German shot-stopper Marc-Andre Ter Stegen, who’s impressive clean sheets continues, conceding just four goals (against Getafe, Eibar, Atletico Madrid and Sevilla) and just once in four Champions League game (against Olympiakos) and must now be considered as a bonafide world-class goalkeeper by giving surety and solace to his defenders through the display of awesome shot-stopping and ball distribution.
All it is not necessarily the case that Barcelona are never again an attacking threat to opponents, Lionel Messi has been in great form in 2017/18 in spite of the fact that an off-day for the Argentine frequently implies an off-day for the whole Barcelona strikeforce.
The Barca that we see today is a brand new Barca, one that can’t be compared with swashbuckling sides like Manchester City or Ligue1 star-studded side PSG who are among the best scorers in Europe.
In view of the interesting statistics, it is fair to say agree that Barcelona has developed, with their defense undoubtedly one of the best in Europe so far this season