It is not an easy task this season to make comparisons between teams in La Liga given the unequal games played. However, with Sevilla FC reaching the halfway point in the league season, there is no better time to take a look back at all that has been achieved this season. One of the main features since Julen Lopetegui's arrival as been the defensive stability as the foundation to secure three points. And this season has been no different to the last. In fact, the team is actually posting ever so slightly better defensive numbers this season in terms of goals conceded and clean sheets.
There is only one team above Sevilla in terms of defensive stats this year. And that is the impenetrable Atlético Madrid, the only team to beat Sevilla in the league in recent times. The Nervionenses find themselves just below Atlético and tied with the current champions, Real Madrid. Sevilla and Real have identical stats with 19 games played. In those 19 games they have conceded 16 - 0.84 goals per game - and kept nine clean sheets.
The team's goals conceded and clean sheet stats beat last season's
Atlético lead the way with only 0.44 goals conceded per game and, behind Sevilla and Real Madrid, there are three other teams who also concede less than a goal a game. FC Barcelona sit on 0.89 goals conceded per game, Real Sociedad 0.9 and Villarreal 0.95. Atlético also lead the way on clean sheets with 11 from 18 games, a percentage of 61.1%. Sevilla and Real Madrid sit on 9 from 19 games, 47.4%. Barcelona are next in the list with one less and a percentage of 42.1%, while Real Sociedad have 8 from 20 matches, 40%.
As mentioned, Sevilla's numbers this season are just ahead of last season's over 38 games. Last season, the team conceded 0.89 goals per game compared to this season's 0.84. Furthermore, they kept a clean sheet in 44.7% of matches compared to the 47.4% they are sitting on this season. There is a lot of football still to be played, but it is clear Sevilla are on the right path.