The statistics regarding Barcelona goalkeeper Marc-André Ter Stegen’s stellar start to the season have been brought to light this evening, aptly portraying just how impressive the German has been for the Blaugrana to this point in the campaign.
25-year-old Ter Stegen arrived at the Camp Nou in 2014, but did not establish himself as the club’s first-choice shot-stopper until the departure of Claudio Bravo for Manchester City at the beginning of last season.
However, since taking his place between the posts for Barca on a weekly basis, Ter Stegen has proven exactly why he was widely-considered as the finest young goalkeeper in Germany during the early years of his career with Borussia Monchengladbach.
The 18-time capped international has showcased a perfect combination of lightning-quick reflexes, commanding presence from set-pieces, and ability with the ball at his feet to establish himself as one of the world’s finest goalkeepers.
Barcelona’s phenomenal defensive record to this point in the La Liga season has come as a surprise to many, with Ernesto Valverde’s side having incredibly conceded just 4 goals in their opening 12 league fixtures.
A large part of the credit for this feat must go to Ter Stegen, with the German having taken his shot-stopping masterclass to another level this season.
The goalkeeping clinic showcased by the Monchengladbach youth product to this point in the Spanish top-flight has been perfectly summed up by a statistic doing the rounds on social media this evening, highlighting how few of the shots that Ter Stegen has faced have actually made it past him:
Let’s take a minute and appreciate @mterstegen1‘s amazing form:
Ter Stegen has saved 87% of the shots he’s faced in La Liga this season, stopping 34 of the 39 shots Barça conceded on target.
ABSOLUTE BEAST👏 pic.twitter.com/SuFHnflYPu
— Barcelona Worldwide (@BarcaWorldwide) November 19, 2017