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Barcelona star could break a historic record held by former teammate against Real Betis



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As Barcelona gear up to take on Real Betis in La Liga later tonight at Spotify Camp Nou, first-choice goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen could achieve a historic milestone against Los Verdiblancos.

Ter Stegen is enjoying a dream season with Barcelona, with the German and the rest of the Blaugrana backline emerging as the toughest defensive unit in the top five European leagues.

The former Borussia Monchengladbach is already going through his best season ever as a Barcelona player and could add another feather to his cap later tonight.

If Ter Stegen goes on to keep a clean sheet against Real Betis at Camp Nou, the German international will break a historic club record set by former teammate Claudio Bravo, who, interestingly, will be on the Verdiblancos’ bench tonight.

Bravo holds the club record for the most clean sheets in a single La Liga season, having managed to go 23 games without letting in a single goal during the 2014/15 campaign.

And, Ter Stegen is now on the brink of breaking that record. The 30-year-old equalled Bravo’s milestone when he helped Barcelona to a 1-0 win over Atletico Madrid last weekend.

He could have gone past it earlier in the week against Rayo Vallecano, but the team succumbed to a 2-1 defeat.

But, tonight’s game at Spotify Camp Nou provides the Barcelona No. 1 with the perfect opportunity to reach the landmark and become the outright owner of the club record for the most clean sheets in a La Liga single season.

And he would be doing so in front of the home support as well as his former teammate and record-holder Bravo.

Ter Stegen is primed to win the Zamora Trophy this season with the best goals-to-game ratio.

With still seven games left to be played, he could also break the record for the most number of clean sheets in a single La Liga campaign for any club, which is currently held by Francisco Liaño for Deportivo La Coruna (26 in 1993/94).

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