Oblak Is the Wall of the Metropolitano


The ball flew across the turf of the Estadio Wanda Metropolitano as Espanyol’s Borja Iglesias sent it goalwards, with 58,000 spectators thinking it was a goal, but not Jan Oblak. Flying through the air, he got his fingertips to the ball and made one of the saves of the week, if not the season.
These events are common from Oblak and on his home turf, his goal is impenetrable; it is why many view him as being better than Marc-Andre ter Stegen, or any other goalkeeper in the world. Statistics show that he is hard to beat and that is why he has his own songs from the Atletico fans; in 2018, he he has kept 20 clean sheets in 27 games at the Metrolopolitano. No other goalkeeper can compete with such figures.
Of the seven teams to have beaten him, five are in LaLiga Santander (Espanyol, Eibar, Barcelona, Athletic Club and Eibar), one in the Champions League (Club Brugge) and one in the Copa del Rey (Sevilla). Nobody has scored more than two goals against him at the Metropolitano and only Eibar, Espanyol, Sevilla and Athletic Club have scored more than once. Keeping a clean sheet on Saturday against Espanyol also put Oblak back on top in the race for the Zamora trophy, awarded to the goalkeeper with the most clean sheets in LaLiga Santander.Having won the past three, he is on track to equal Victor Valdes in being the only other player to hold four consecutive titles.David Soria of Getafe is his closest rival, having conceded 13 compared to Oblak’s 12, and motivates the Atletico man more everyday.To achieve it, he must take his home form into 2019 and continue to be a brick wall at the back that Diego Simeone can depend on in 2019.

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