Juventus' Amazing European Clean Sheet Run Is Still Some Way Short of Premier League Club's Record

Andrew Headspeath

​Juventus moved a step closer to the Champions League final on Wednesday night, with a 0-2 victory in Monaco.

Free-scoring AS Monaco's road to Cardiff was suddenly blocked by the impenetrable wall that is Juve's defence.


In a match billed as the wonderkids versus the Old Lady, it was definitively a case of respect your elders, as the back three of Andrea Barzagli, Leonardo Bonucci, Giorgio Chiellini and goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon - who have a combined age of 136, kept Kylian Mbappe and co at bay.

The victory was Massimiliano Allegri's side's eighth of this year's competition, while perhaps even more impressively, as pointed out on Twitter by Opta, the match marked Juve's sixth consecutive clean sheet in the Champions League.

The Italians remain undefeated, and haven't conceded a goal in Europe's top club competition since Barack Obama was president - when Nico Pareja's ninth minute strike for Sevilla squirmed over the line in what was a 1-3 defeat for Jorge Sampaoli's ​​men.

Pareja joins Lyon's Corentin Tolisso in the exclusive club of two, who have managed to get the ball past the BBC and Buffon.

However, despite six back to back shutouts, Juve are still some way off the overall record of consecutive clean sheets. That accolade belongs to...(drum roll)...Arsenal?!


Amazingly, considering their recent record of humbling continental defeats, the Gunners hold the European club competition record for the most clean sheets in a row, with t.

Wenger's side, built on a bedrock of Jens Lehmann, Lauren, Sol Campbell, Kolo Toure and...um Mathieu Flamini at left back,  set the standard  between September 2005 and May 2006, stopping the likes of Real Madrid, Villarreal and Juventus en-route to  an ultimately  doomed final  showdown with Barcelona in Paris.

With a maximum of two games left this campaign for Juve, they will have to wait until next season to come close to matching Arsenal's overall record.


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