Barcelona are not as solid defensively as they were last season. In 44 games they have already conceded the same number of goals (38) they did in the entire 2014/2015 season (60 games).
In order to further explore this, we made 3 charts comparing defensive parameters of Barcelona with all the other teams of the five main European leagues. For comparison reasons, we added Barcelona’s performance last season (2014/2015).
A short summary of the charts below is that this season, Barcelona allow opponents to have more shots and chances than during the 2014/2015 season. As a direct consequence we have more goals against and Barcelona’s keepers are forced to make much more saves.
Chart 3 – Shots against/game vs. goalkeeper saves/game.