Barcelona's defensive record: Best defences in history of Europe's top five leagues
Barcelona's defensive record: Best defences in history of Europe's top five leagues
Barcelona's defensive record: Toughest defences in Europe's top five league history

Xavi's push to re-establish Barcelona as a powerhouse in Spanish football looks set to lead to a first La Liga title for the Catalans since 2019.

Barcelona have held their title nerve since the start of 2023, including a first Camp Nou El Clasico win over Real Madrid since 2018, to power away from Los Blancos and stand on the brink of the title.

One more win will be enough for Xavi's young charges to secure the famous trophy, but despite the positivity surrounding star duo Pedri and Gavi, the Blaugrana defence has undoubtedly tipped the title balance.

German star Marc-Andre Ter Stegen has been the foundation, with a superb season in between the posts for Barcelona, alongside the huge progress of Jules Kounde and Ronald Araujo in front of him.

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What is Barcelona's defensive record this season?

With five games remaining in the 2022/23 La Liga season, a win on the road at local rivals Espanyol will clinch the title, with their joy so far built on solid foundations.

Ter Stegen has completed 90 minutes in all 33 of Barcelona's league games this season, with an incredible 25 clean sheets, putting him one behind the La Liga season record.

No way through. 🧱

— Squawka (@Squawka) April 23, 2023

Former Deportivo la Coruna star Francisco Liano managed a record of 26, in 1993/94, and Ter Stegen will be looking to overhaul that in the season run-in.

In terms of overall defensive records, Barcelona have conceded 11 league goals, marking the best shutout tally since Atletico Madrid let in just 18 goals in 2015/16.

The La Liga record stands at 18 goals conceded in one campaign, which is jointly held by Diego Simeone's Atletico and Liano's Deportivo from those respective seasons.

Barcelona's rate of 0.39 goals conceded means they are in a strong position to set a new benchmark and they could potentially break the 15 goals shipped by Real Madrid in 1931/32, when the league only consisted of 18 games.

Xavi's team are also pushing to equal the outrageous joint record of Cordoba (1964/65) and Pontevedra (1968/69), who allowed just two home league goals against them, with Joselu and an Araujo own goal the only goals conceded by Ter Stegen in Camp Nou league action this season.

Ter Stegen's 0.39 league goals conceded rate is also on track to break Liano and Jan Oblak's combined record of 0.47.

What is the best defence in European club history?

Barcelona are closing in on new record for clean sheets and goals conceded across Europe's major domestic leagues, based on post-2000 data.

Ter Stegen's 25 shutouts and 11 overall league goals conceded means he and Barcelona are on course to break Jose Mourinho's Chelsea record of 25 clean sheets and 15 goals conceded.

🤯 25th clean sheet equals Chelsea's 2004/05 record! 👏👏👏

— FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) May 3, 2023

A combination of Petr Cech and Carlo Cudicini claimed the clean sheet haul, with Ter Stegen pushing for it as the outright leader, with 15 goals remaining as the mark for defensive excellence across Europe's top five leagues.

Is this Barcelona's best ever La Liga season?

Barcelona look certain to set club records for most clean sheets and fewest La Liga goals conceded, but they will not break the 100-point mark this season.

The maximum points Barcelona can end 2022/23 with is 97, which would place it as the fourth best La Liga tally and the third highest in club history.

Real Madrid-era Mourinho became the first La Liga coach to win the title with exactly 100 points, as he edged out Pep Guardiola's Barcelona in 2011/12 before Guardiola's replacement Tito Vilanova matched it in the following season.

Barcelona top La Liga points finishes
Season Points Manager League Finish Top La Liga scorer
2012/13 100 Tito Villnova 1st Lionel Messi (46)
2009/10 99 Pep Guardiola 1st Lionel Messi (34)
2010/11 96 Pep Guardiola 1st Lionel Messi (31)
2014/15 94 Luis Enrique 1st Lionel Messi (43)
2017/18 93 Ernesto Valverde 1st Lionel Messi (34)

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