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Calamitous Catalans: The current Barcelona defence is the worst in 7 years

Chiellini heads past Mascherano

Barcelona were in for yet another humiliating European night as a flawless Juventus side thrashed the Catalans 3-0 in the first leg of the UEFA Champions League quarter-final at the Juventus Stadium. A sublime Paulo Dybala brace in the first-half followed by an unstoppable Giorgio Chiellini header after the break helped Bianconeri take a huge stride towards securing a semi-final spot. And with these three goals shipped in Turin, the Blaugrana have now conceded 12 goals this term in the Champions League which's more than what they conceded in six of their last 7 European seasons.

 

 

Barcelona conceded just 4 times over the course of six group stage matches, but the knockout rounds have seen them concede double that amount in just half the number of games they played during the group stages. Only once since the 2010/11 season of Europe's elite football competition have Barcelona accrued a worse defensive record than they are holding right now. That ignominious record was achieved in the 2012/13 season when the Catalans ended up conceding 17 goals — seven of those suffered in the semi-final alone when Bayern Munich crushed them en route to the title. However, at the same stage of that tournament, Barcelona had shipped three goals fewer than they have this time around.

 

GOALS CONCEDED IN LAST 7 SEASONS

SEASON

MATCHES PLAYED

GOALS CONCEDED

 FINAL RESULT

2010/11

13

9

WINNERS

2011/12

12

10

SEMI-FINALS

2012/13

12

17

SEMI-FINALS

2013/14

10

8

QUARTER-FINALS

2014/15

13

11

WINNERS

2015/16

10

8

QUARTER-FINALS

2016/17*

9

12

TBD

 

Nevertheless, both campaigns have one thing in common — the Blaugrana frontline bailing the team out of their self-inflicted misery just when they looked down and out at one stage. Though they finally ran out of luck that season in the semis, will the history repeat itself once more or whether it's finally the end of the road for the Catalans a week on from now? We shall see.

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