A traditional shot stopper goalkeeper Victor Valdes is not. In 10 champions league games he has had to make 15 saves his shot to save ratio is 65%. Futhermore has kept 3 clean sheets and conceded 8 goals. In comparison Edwin Van der sar has made 9 apperances in this seasons champions league keeping 6 clean sheets and has only conceded 3 goals whilst playing on a team that averages far less possession. In addition Van Der Sar has made 31 saves and his shot to save ratio is 91%.
Victor Valdes may not be a very good traditional goalkeeper like Edwin Van Der Sar but he is the type of goalkeeper Barcalona needs. What he lacks in shot stopping he makes up for with his delivery. If we do the Van Der Sar – Valdes Champions league comparison again we see that Valdes is far superior in his distribution of the ball than VDS. Lastly Valdes offers something that alot of keepers dont he can function as a sweeper. Valdes is comfortable both on the ball and outside the box; this benefits Barca greatly since they use a very high line which leaves them vulnerable to the counter.