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Defensive solidity is a key feature of Ernesto Valverde's Barcelona with the m.pic5678 Catalan side the most frugal in Europe with just seven goals conceded in LaLiga and another coming in the Champions League while Atletico Madrid come next, having let in four more.What is also noticeable is the clean play from Barcelona who have not had to resort to fouls and aggressivity to achieve their strong defensive performances.Barcelona are the side which have conceded fewest fouls and yellow and cards in LaLiga.There are no doubts that under Valverde, the Azulgrana have looked to be more

organised at the back and he has ensured that there are two lines m.pic5678 while pressuring high up the pitch is also a lot more noticeable again, having dropped off under Luis Enrique.Busquets and Rakitic have almost played together as a double pivot in front of the defence to give another line of cover.In defence, the centre-halves have effectively provided cover for the full-backs when they get forward and in particular Samuel

Umtiti has stood out this season.However, even m.pic5678 with Umtiti injured, Barcelona have not lost their way at the back with Vermaelen coming in and looking assured.Marc-Andre Ter Stegen is the other fundamental factor for their fine defensive record as he has made crucial blocks and he has 15 clean sheets from 22 matches.

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