Official: Barcelona have the best defense in Europe
Barcelona’s turbulent summer transfer attracted a lot of criticism from the faithful Barcelona fans as the dynamic of the team and their style of play.
But while the team can be criticized for many reasons, one area they cannot be criticized is their defense that has been exceptional so far.
Big credit would be going to the likes of Samuel Umtiti, Gerard Pique and Marc-Andre ter Stegen.
Pique and Umtiti are Ernesto Valverde’s preferred pairing at the heart of the defense. And when the two center-backs have failed, Ter Stegen has been very dependable.
A look at the Champions League standings after the final round of games in the group stages shows some stunning defensive statistics from Barcelona.
Only one goal has been conceded by Barcelona in the group stage and Jasper Cillessen also played a big part with his save against an attempt from Bas Dost from five yards out.
No team comes close to matching Barcelona’s defensive record in the Champions League this season. The only goal they conceded was in a 3-1 home win against Olympiacos.
The only clubs that comes close are Manchester United and Manchester City, who conceded three.