Marc-Andre ter Stegen impressing in Ernesto Valverde's Barcelona

The German goalkeeper was key in the 1-0 win in Lisbon

He has kept six clean sheets in his last eight appearances

Marc-André Ter Stegen, portero del FC Barcelona
Marc-André Ter Stegen, portero del FC Barcelona | sport

FC Barcelona had to sweat to pick up the three points in Lisbon against Sporting on Wednesday (0-1) in the second Champions League group game of the season. 

Esther Blasco

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It was a hard-fought win for Ernesto Valverde's men and one in which Marc-Andre ter Stegen was once again needed to ensure a clean sheet was kept. 

Ter Stegen's solvency is no longer a surprise. Barcelona fans are satisfied with the security the German goalkeeper transmits between the posts. In eight official games this season (between the Champions League and La Liga), he's only conceded two goals, keeping a clean sheet on six occasions. 

It's no small data, keeping in mind Barça have won two games by the minimum scoreline, proving that Ter Stegen's interventions have been fundamental in this eight game winning streak. 

Against Sporting, the stopper once again produced a flawless performance. The ball passed by his feet 45 times (more than eight of the opposition's players) and his pass completion rate was 85 percent.

With 20 minutes to go in the game, he made a crucial save from Bruno Fernandes, too. Valverde can be very happy with how his goalkeeper is performing. 

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