Marc-Andre ter Stegen is one of the Barcelona’s best players and has become more of a leader in recent years, while his performances between the sticks have seen him rack up 100 clean sheets, a feat that he achieved after the Blaugrana’s 4-0 win away at Dynamo Kiev.
The German goalkeeper joined Barcelona in the 2014/15 season and, in that time, he has become a star. In his first two campaigns at the club he had to be patient while Claudio Bravo played in LaLiga Santander, yet he still managed to keep 10 clean sheets across the Copa del Rey and Champions League in his debut season. Ter Stegen then recorded eight clean sheets in 2015/16.
It was from the 2016/17 campaign onwards where his statistics began to truly rise, with Bravo’s departure to Manchester City playing a key role in this. Ter Stegen kept a clean sheet in 17 games in 2016/17, followed by 24 in 2017/18, 19 in 2018/19 and 17 in 2019/20. Tuesday night against Dynamo saw Ter Stegen not concede for the first time in his fourth appearance of the season.
This current season saw Ter Stegen have to wait before being able to record his 100th clean sheet in a Barcelona shirt, having undergone knee surgery in August. The 28-year-old, who recently renewed his contract at the club until 2025, has shown incredible consistency during his six years in the Catalan capital, with Jasper Cillessen and Neto having failed to displace him in the post-Bravo years.
Thanks to his reflexes, intuition, good play on ball and his aerial ability, amongst other things, Ter Stegen has racked up a century of clean sheets. As a consequence of his performances, and the team as a whole, Barcelona went on a 39-game unbeaten run between the end of the 2016/17 and the start of the 2017/18 season.
Ronald Koeman has no doubt that he is his No.1, which is why he was immediately reinstated upon his return from injury, despite Neto having performed admirably. With Ter Stegen, the Dutch coach hopes to recover some of the defensive security in LaLiga Santander that has characterised Barcelona in recent seasons and has not yet occurred in this current campaign. For example, the Blaugrana have conceded nine goals in eight games in the Spanish top flight so far this season.