A remarkable statistic either proves Barcelona have an amazing defence or are extremely lucky

Tom Procter

A surprising statistic has emerged regarding Barcelona's defence, and it's sure to provide food for thought amongst the neutrals.

Barca have always been acknowledged for their attacking style of play and possession game, with less focus on their defensive qualities over the years.



Of course, with Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Neymar in their ranks these days, that's obviously going to be the case.

But perhaps it's time to recognise those who don't get so much credit at the Catalan club, namely the defence and Marc-Andre Ter Stegen - an interesting statistic has come to light courtesy of Marca: 

Barcelona are the only team across Europe's top five leagues to have not yet conceded a goal from a penalty kick this season.

Bayern Munich were level with the Spanish giants before conceding a spot-kick to Mainz at the weekend, meaning Enrique's men are outright leaders.

FC Barcelona v Celtic FC - UEFA Champions League
FC Barcelona v Celtic FC - UEFA Champions League


Their record might have been tarnished in Sunday's El Clasico after Samuel Umtiti seemingly brought down Cristiano Ronaldo in the penalty area in the first few minutes of the game, but the referee waved it away and Ter Stegen was not needed to make a save.

No team has ever gone through a whole season without conceding a single penalty, so if Barca lose out to Madrid in the title race, then at least there's one accolade Luis Enrique can bow out with. That and a Copa del Rey, most likely.

  TEAM                                                                                                     PENALTIES CONCEDED



Borussia Dortmund, Bayern Munich, Juventus


Tottenham, Hoffenheim, Crystal Palace, PSG, Marseille, Stoke City, Bayer Leverkusen, Chelsea, Angers, Espanyol


St Etienne, Middlesbrough, Real Betis, Athletic, Sevilla, Hertha, Deportivo, Leicester, Eintracht, West Brom


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