For many outfield players scoring goals is the ultimate goal in any game, but for a goalkeeper it’s denying their opponents from putting the ball in the back of the net. As such, a lot of goalkeepers pride themselves on how many clean sheets they can keep in a season. Whether it’s through sheer talent or hard work, there are a number of goalkeepers in the Premier League who have managed to achieve some remarkable feats when it comes to clean sheets.
Keeping clean sheets is a big deal for any goalkeeper as it is an integral part of any team’s defence. There are a few factors that can help you keep clean sheets including your tactical approach, discipline and fitness level. For example, you can use tactics such as parking the bus or a counter-attacking style to prevent the opposition from getting past you. Another important factor is your fitness level as you need to be able to maintain concentration and play at a high intensity throughout the whole match.
A goalkeeper’s ability to make saves is also an important aspect of keeping clean sheets as you need to be able to keep your opponents out in key areas of the pitch. In addition to this, a goalkeeper must be able to handle pressure as well which can often be a crucial aspect of a game.
Petr Cech is one of the most accomplished goalkeepers to ever grace the Premier League as he was able to keep 24 clean sheets in the 2004/05 season which is a record that is unlikely to be beaten. Cech is also a three-time winner of the Golden Glove award which goes to the best goalkeeper in the league each season.
Ederson Moraes and Alisson Becker are two other goalkeepers who have been able to achieve 20 clean sheets in a season. The Brazilian duo have been instrumental in Manchester City and Liverpool’s PL title victories over the last few seasons.
Tottenham Hotspur’s Hugo Lloris is also a good goalkeeper who can be relied upon to keep his side’s defence in good shape. The Frenchman kept 16 clean sheets in the 2021-22 season and was a key player for Spurs who managed to finish fourth in the table.
Manchester United’s David de Gea is a fantastic goalkeeper who has had some incredible moments in the goal to deny his opponents from scoring. The Spaniard is an incredibly confident goalkeeper and is a great asset to his club as they have managed to win several titles in recent years. De Gea is a fantastic shot stopper and is constantly improving as he develops his game. He was recently voted the best goalkeeper in Europe by the IFFHS which is a huge honour. He will be hoping to continue his great form this season and help his club defend their illustrious crown.