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New Record! - Muslera keeps 16 clean sheets in 32 games

2012-04-08 17:43:57

Muslera has broken both Taffarel and Mondragon

Galatasaray goalkeeper Fernando Muslera has broke the Turkish Super League clean sheet record.

The Uruguayan international has kept a total of 16 clean sheets in 32 games this season surpassing club legend's Claudio Taffarel and Faryd Mondragon whose record's both stood at 15.

In a post match interview Muslera told reporters; "I'm very happy about this and it makes me very proud however, this record is not solely down to me, we defend as a collective unit, every player in the squad contributed to make this possible"

Nando also broke a club record, every foreign player has now scored for Galatasaray in the 2011-12 league campaign. In fact each one of this seasons signings have now scored for the Lions.

Muslera has helped turn one of the leagues worst defensive sides into a near impenetrable fortress. Muslera has only conceded 24 goals in 32 games, 10 less than the experienced Turkish international Fenerbahçe's Volkan Demirel. Even more impressively he has already kept 16 clean sheets this season. The 6ft 2 keeper has been in outstanding form for Galatasaray, he commands the defense, deals well with aerial balls, is a brilliant close range shot stopper and has wonderful reflexes. Muslera is also great at judging play, his positional awareness is impressive, he knows when to leave his goal and when to stay put. His one weakness is his occasional lapses in concentration, he did make a few mistakes and rash charges out of goal during his first few games however, he has been more focused since then. He has played a key role in the Lions impressive league campaign and is an important factor as to why they finished the regular season 9 points ahead of second placed Fener.

Muslera has gone from strength to strength over the past few seasons despite having only just turned 25. With Galatasaray building one of their strongest teams in recent years he could be the goalkeeper to lead the Lions to the successes which have eluded them since they rocketed to fame in the late 90's. The Lions slogan this season has been, 'The Spirit of 2000', alot of hard work has gone into recreating a team to match that of the glory days however, Muslera believes they will create a Galatasaray team even better than the ones of old. He is definitely one to a keep an eye on and we believe that he could break into the world's top 5 goalkeepers by the end of the year.

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