Victor Valdes Two Games From Barcelona’s Shut-Out Record

Despite having his critics, Victor Valdes has once again shown why he is still Barcelona's first choice goalkeeper by moving to within two games of an impressive club record...

Victor Valdes is two matches away from breaking Barcelona's club record of minutes without conceding a goal, however, that will mean keeping clean sheets in Mestalla and the Bernabeu.

The Blaugrana ‘keeper extended his run to just over seven league matches without the opposition scoring on Wednesday evening against Sevilla, taking his total to 632 minutes.

That was enough to move him above Barca legend Andoni Zubizarreta, who managed a sequence of 621 minutes, while just behind them are Pedro Artola (619 minutes) and Antoni Ramallets (569 minutes).

Valdes may have his critics but he could now write his name into the Catalan club's history books if he can keep out both Villarreal and Real Madrid in the next ten days.

Miguel Reina, father of Liverpool's Pepe, is still first placed - he went for 824 minutes without conceding a goal in the 1972-73 campaign.

To better that, Valdes would have to not concede at the Mestalla or the Bernabeu and then remain unbeaten for the first 15 minutes of the game at Villarreal.

At the other end, Barca's fourth goal of the night against Sevilla saw them take their season tally to 92 - one more than the record set by Johan Cruyff's Dream Team at this stage of the campaign.

Lucas Brown,