Atletico Madrid's Jan Oblak has become the goalkeeper to watch after his magnificent figures this season.
Oblak has been particularly impressive at home, where he has protected Diego Simeone's side by pulling off many saves that helped Atletico achieve victories, with only three home defeats.
"He is the best goalkeeper in the world right now. Every time there are doubts, he climbs to a higher level," teammate Saul Ñiguez said, praising the 26-year-old Slovenia international.
These defeats were not banal, as only Chelsea, Real Madrid and Espanyol respectively managned to breach his fortress-like defense.
Atletico conceded a 3-1 defeat recently to their bitter cross-town rivals on Feb. 9, and since that loss, the capital team has gone on a seven-match winning streak, all of which the Slovenian took part in.
Meanwhile, on total this season, Oblak has played 22 out of 24 games at Atletico's home pitch with a positive record of 20 wins and two draws in those matches.
There, at home, Oblak has conceded 10 goals thus far; three to Madrid in their 3-1 defeat, two to Athletic Bilbao (3-2), two against Valencia (3-2), one to Barcelona (1-1) one to Eibar (1-1) and one against Club Brugge (3-1).
He has kept a clean sheet in 16 out of the 22 total games he played across all competitions.
Atletico has played two more home matches, with Antonio Adan as goalkeeper, against Sant Andreu (4-0) and Girona (3-3); both were in the Spanish Copa del Rey cup.
These numbers and data reflect the importance of the goalkeeper in the history of Atletico and its Wanda Metropolitano stadium.
Since the beginning of Atletico's playing at the new home stadium in 2017, the Madrid-based club has played a total 53 matches, collecting 39 wins, 10 draws and four defeats, scoring 95 goals and conceding 26.
The capital side kept a clean sheet in 37 of these games and failed to find the back of the net in only three clashes.
With Oblak under the crossbar, Atletico's defeats have been reduced to three this season and in 47 total competitive games, with him on the pitch, the team has won in 35 games, 15 with a goal advantage.
That is to say that in 33 of them (67 percent), the Slovenian keeper managed to keep clean sheets for more than 90 minutes of each of the duels.
In fact, only 12 of the 32 different rivals he has faced at his side's home stadium have scored a goal, with Real Madrid and Eibar, with three each, leading in that regard.
The rest of the scorers on Atletico Madrid at Wanda Metropolitano stadium are Chelsea (2), Barcelona (2), Espanyol (2), Athletic Club (2), Brugge (1), Villarreal (1), Qarabag (1), Real Sociedad ( 1) and Girona (1).
The last clean sheet was Saturday's victory over Valladolid.
Others were against Malaga, Sevilla, Roma, Alaves, Getafe, Las Palmas, Copenhagen, Leganes, Celta, Sporting de Lisboa, Deportivo, Levante, Betis, Arsenal, the Rayo Vallecano, Monaco, Borussia Dortmund, Huesca, Juventus.
"He is a reference for us on and off the field, because he is a very direct and very sincere person, and we are very happy to have him here," Ñiguez said following Atletico's 1-0 win over Valladolid on Saturday.
This is the club's 12th victory in the last 13 games at the side's home pitch, Wanda Metropolitano.