‘Fortín’ Camp Nou: 287 days without conceding a goal from play!

The Camp Nou has become an insurmountable wall in LaLiga. And it is not a metaphor or a play on words, but an indisputable reality, as shown by the fact that they have only conceded one goal in the twelve games that have been played at the Blaugrana Coliseum, with the addition that it was a penalty. The author of this feat was Joselu in the derby that was played on December 31, after he made himself a somewhat naive penalty from Marcos Alonso. Thus, the Espanyol striker has the honor of being the only opponent who has been able to score this season at the Camp Nou.

In fact, To see the last goal that Barcelona conceded at home in a play, you have to go back to May 22, 2022 when Moises Gómez was able to take advantage of an error in Adama Traoré’s clearance to put the score at 0-2. It was minute 55. Since then, Ter Stegen’s goal has closed tightly in LaLiga, with the exception of the penalty that Joselu scored in the last game of the year.

The numbers are as forceful as they are resounding in this sense: at the Camp Nou, no one has been able to break the net in a play action for 287 days. More than forty weeks with a practically zero goalpassing rivals like Villarreal (3-0), Athletic (4-0), Sevilla (3-0) or now Valencia (1-0)among others, and making it clear what is the power of Xavi’s team, which has been able to leave Ter Stegen unpublished in eleven of twelve games. Some figures that allow the German goalkeeper to look with relative calm at his competitors for the ‘Zamora’ trophysince, with only eight goals conceded in 24 games, he is on his way to breaking even the record of Paco Liaño, who with Deportivo was able to concede only 18 goals in one season, in the mid-nineties.

It is evident that Ter Stegen has a good part of the ‘fault’ for these extraordinary defensive numbers that Barcelona throws up at home, although the contribution of the defenses is also unquestionable. And that with the arrivals of Andreas Christensen and Jules Koundé, the rise of Alejandro Balde and the confirmation of Ronald Araújo, as the best central defender in the world, we are surely facing the most powerful rear guard on the planet.

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