Valdés breaks his record
Barça’s keeper set a new personal record for keeping a clean sheet during the Espanyol game, racking up an amazing 576 minutes without conceding a goal.
Barça’s attacking power is undisputable, but they have also shown themselves to be a solid
defensive unit, with the 51 goals scored and just 9 conceded in La Liga so far, revealing both
sides of the team’s success. Victor Valdes has been a key part of that great defensive record
and during the Espanyol game he pulled off a great save from Callejon in the first half, before
Osvaldo beat him in the second when he’d already beaten his own record by six minutes.
From Nilmar to Osvaldo
The last player to beat Valdes was Villarreal’s Brazilian striker
Nilmar, who scored as Barça won 3-1 a month ago. That win was the start of an astonishing run of
games as Barça brushed aside Almeria, Panathinaikos, Madrid, Osasuna, Rubin (when Pinto played in
goal) and Real Sociedad. Osvaldo’s goal meant that Valdes had gone 576 minutes without
conceding and beat his own personal record, which he set last season with 570 minutes unbeaten over
a five game period against Bilbao in the Spanish Super Cup, Shaktar in the European Super Cup,
Sporting and Getafe in La Liga and Inter in the Champions League.
“Zamora” title at stake
Valdés’ 9 goals mean he is the La Liga keeper who has conceded
least goals so far this season, 3 less than Iker Casillas and although there is still plenty of
time left in the competition, the way the team are playing must make him favourite to add a new
“Zamora” title to his collection come the end of the season.