In football, a “clean sheet” is achieved when neither team scores any goals. A goal from the field is believed to have the same effect on a team as a clean sheet for the keeper. The Premier League’s Golden Glove is given annually to the goalkeeper who has the most shutouts during the season. When it comes to the Premier League, who has kept the most shutouts in a row?
1. Manchester United: 14 clean sheets (2008-09)
In 2008-09, Manchester United was the Premier League champion. Even though 24-year-old Cristiano Ronaldo scored 18 goals to lead United’s offensive, the team’s stellar defensive performance was the team’s most outstanding aspect. Manchester United’s defense was anchored by Edwin van der Sar, Rio Ferdinand, and Nemanja Vidic, who together proved to be indestructible. They are yet to be surpassed for the most straight clean sheets in the Premier League with 14. Victories in the League Cup and Club World Cup capped off a brilliant season.
2. Chelsea – 10 Clean sheet (2004/05)
The Blues’ defensive performance in Jose Mourinho’s first season in charge of Chelsea is definitely among the best of all time, placing that campaign at the top of our list. The West London side is title contenders when they have Petr Cech in goal, Ricardo Carvalho and John Terry in the center of defense, and the world-class Claude Makelele sweeping up in front of them in midfield.
3. Liverpool: 8 clean sheets (2005/06).
Liverpool’s 2005–06 season received a shot in the arm after their Champions League triumph in Istanbul. Pepe Reina, a new addition to the Reds from Villareal, made his debut for the team this year. Midway through the season, Liverpool established itself as one of the Premier League’s strongest defensive sides by posting eight straight scoreless draws. The 1922–93 Reds, led by Rafa Benitez, finished with the same record as their finest season. This season was a banner one for Liverpool as they won the FA Cup and placed third in the Premier League. During the FA Cup final shootout, Pepe Reina saved three of the four penalties he faced.