The Champions League returns to the Wanda Metropolitano on Tuesday as we face Bayer Leverkusen, a team that Jan Oblak will never forget. The Slovenian, who made an exceptional triple save the last time we faced the German club, continues to prove that he is one of the world's best goalkeepers. Our shotstopper has kept seven clean sheets - against Getafe, Leganés, Celta, Mallorca, Real Madrid, Lokomotiv Moscow and Valladolid - in the first 11 games of the season, pulling off spectacular saves in the process.
- The number of clean sheets that Jan Oblak has kept in his 219 matches at Atleti
Since he arrived at our club in 2014, Oblak has played 219 official matches. In the meantime, he has kept 123 clean sheets. Exceptional numbers for a goalkeeper that hasn’t conceded any goals in more than half – 56.16% – of the games he’s played. His performances earned him a contract extension with Atleti in April which now runs until 2023. The Slovenian has won the last four Zamora Trophies, equalling Juan Acuña and Santiago Cañizares’ tally, which constitutes the third best record after Antoni Ramallets and Víctor Valdés’ five titles. The latter was, up until this year, the only goalkeeper to have won four straight Zamora Trophies.
The 26-year-old is also the fourth shotstopper with the most matches in Atlético de Madrid’s history. His 219 games mean that only the legendary keepers Madinabeytia (236), Molina (248) and Abel (303) have more appearances. The latter presented Oblak with a commemorative plaque when he reached 200 games at our club.
The Atleti Family remembers countless miracles from the Slovenian, such as the penalty save against Bayern Munich in the 2015/16 Champions League semi-finals, the triple save against Bayer Leverkusen’s strikers in the 2016/17 season, the incredible stretch to deny Ramsey’s header in the 2017/18 Europa League at Arsenal and his extraordinary double save last week against Lokomotiv Moscow.
In these five years, Oblak has won one Spanish Super Cup (2014), one Europa League (2017/18) and one UEFA Super Cup (2018), as well as many individual awards. Our goalkeeper made the UEFA Champions League Team of the Year in the 2015/16 and 2016/17 seasons and was named Slovenian Player of the Year in 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018.