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‘We deserved the win and we win it’s – Courtios on Madrid win

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Real Madrid beat Barcelona 3-1 at the Camp Nou following two consecutive defeats at the hands of Cadiz and Shakhtar Donetsk, and Thibaut Courtois has stressed that he and his team-mates should do their best regardless of who they play against. The Belgian put in another solid performance, making some great saves to help Real Madrid secure all three points at the Camp Nou and extend the gap between the two clubs in LaLiga Santander to six points.


“This shirt and badge deserve to be fought for and valued in every game,” Courtois said after the match against Barcelona. “Today we did it because we came from two difficult and bad games. Today we put in a lot of desire and ran a lot. “It was not an easy week. In the game against Cadiz we did not start well and it was difficult. We did not do our best. “And against Shakhtar we were good until we conceded the goals. Then in the second half we put in our will and courage. Today we played a good match.”

Fede Valverde gave Real Madrid the lead but after Ansu Fati’s equaliser, Los Blancos managed to react, Ramos giving them back the lead in the second half. Courtois noted that the team should be content about the result but focus on the upcoming Champions League match against Borussia Monchengladbach on Tuesday. “We scored a goal, which was what we wanted,” Courtois added. “Then they equalised, with [Jordi] Alba’s strength and wide runs.

“The game was even; I made a good save and Neto [did] too. There were great chances in the second half. We scored the penalty and then we were able to score the third before, but Neto made some good saves. “This victory fills us with confidence after two games in which people could doubt us. The key when things go a little bad is to stay together. “Now we don’t have to be very excited. We have to be happy but think about the Tuesday [game against Borussia Monchengladbach].”


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‘If we stay United, Barca can’t stand us’ – Courtois

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Thibaut Courtois remains ambitious about Real Madrid’s chances to having a successful season in terms of silverware. Los Blancos go into Saturday’s Clasico off the back of successive defeats to Cadiz and Shakhtar Donetsk.


After those losses – Real Madrid’s first of the season – many have questioned whether Zinedine Zidane’s sidecan compete in all competitions like they did during his first spell in charge.

“I think that when you play for Real Madrid then the objective for very title that is in play is to go all the way and try to win it,” Courtois told LaLiga. “That’s what makes this the best team and greatest team in the world. We know this and try to win everything that comes up along the way. If the team is united, it’s very difficult to beat us.

“I want to win as much as possible at Real Madrid and try to keep helping the team, to keep this up. I try to improve every day because I’m still young and I think I can improve and take even more steps forward and help the team to win matches.

“I think we’re getting better every week and personally I feel that way too, so we’re keen to get going with a month that has a lot of important matches and we’ll try to take as many points as possible.”

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El Clásico
Saturday’s Clasico gives Real Madrid the chance to strike the first blow in a LaLiga Santander title race with Barcelona. For Courtois, the fixture is a standout one in the footballing calendar.

“It’s a more special match,” Courtois said. “These are games that, from my childhood and even through my time playing at Chelsea, you would watch on TV if you could. These are special matches that you dream of playing in.”

“El Clasico is important, it’s the first clash between the giants. If we win then that’s good, but we can’t get complacent and we must keep winning.

“It’s a long season and there are three points on offer, just like any other week, but obviously it’s important to win for confidence and for pride. Above all, it’s about the pride of winning Clasicos.”

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“Barcelona are always going to be good. I think that the noise around them is from the outside and I think that the team is united on the inside. We’ve seen that they’ve started the season well, winning matches. It’ll be a good game and a difficult game.

“They have a new coach and that’ll be different, but Barcelona also maintain a certain style and we have to be good tactically and we have to approach the game with a good mentality. I hope we can win it.”

Courtois goes up against Lionel Messi on Saturday – a player that he is yet to concede a goal to as a Real Madrid goalkeeper.

“Sometimes you try to find a pattern, to see if he tends to do this or that when facing a goalkeeper,” Courtois continued. “But, we’re also talking about a player like Messi and when you think he is about to do one thing then he can change and do something different at the last second. But, you can try to study him.

“Obviously it’s always special, since he is one of the best players in history along with Cristiano Ronaldo, for example. It’s nice to go up against these players. It means you can say to your children and grandchildren that you’ve played against them and denied them some goals.”


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Breaking: Courtois tests positive for Coronavirus

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BREAKING: Thibaut Courtois tested positive for COVID-19.

The goalkeeper reported for international duty with Belgium and underwent a routine COVID-19 test. Courtois, if positive after a second test, will then have to quarantine for 14 days and miss the two UEFA Nations League matches with Belgium against Denmark and Iceland. The positive test will also delay Courtois return to the Spanish capital meaning Andriy Lunin could be thrust into the spotlight and start for Real Madrid at the beginning of their league campaign.

The next step for Courtois is to have a blood test to see if the virus is still preset in his body. If the blood tests comes back negative, then Courtois could potentially return to the group and continue his involvement with the Belgian team. Whether not he is in training in the next few hours will be decisive in regards to his involvement for Belgium and Real Madrid.

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Courtois to wear no.1 for Madrid next season

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After having to wait two years, Thibaut Courtois will now finally be Real Madrid’s official No.1, as he will take the famed shirt number once worn by his idol Iker Casillas.

Even though Los Blancos wanted to give him the No.1 last summer, LaLiga Santander regulations prevented that from happening.

Alphonse Areola’s departure back to Paris Saint-Germain has now freed up the number.

Meanwhile, Courtois’ No.13 is now free and it’s anticipated that Andriy Lunin, upon his return to the club, will take ownership of that shirt.

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Fabregas responds to Courtois: Barca would be worthy champions


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Fabregas responds to Courtois: Barca would be worthy champions

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After Thibaut Courtois stated Barcelona shouldn’t be proclaimed champions should the LaLiga Santander season not be able to continue, Cesc Fabregas has responded by saying that his former side would deserve the title.

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Fabregas understands why his former Chelsea teammate made his comments, but the Monaco midfielder says it is something that would have to be accepted, just as his current side have had to since Ligue 1’s termination.

“Everyone defends their own interests,” Fabregas told TVE.

“At Monaco, we have been left without Europe next year for very little.

“But if [LaLiga Santander] stopped, as it has done in France, Barcelona would be worthy winners.

“We are not stopping because we like it. We are doing for an unavoidable cause.”

Fabregas spoke highly of Real Madrid target Eduardo Camavinga who plays in Ligue 1 for Rennes.

“He has brutal qualities and is very strong,” Cesc mentioned.

“He doesn’t look his age.”

Another Ligue 1 player high on Los Blancos’ priority list is Kylian Mbappe.

“He’s a guy with lots of hunger, who wants to be the best,” he said.

“For the way he plays, who would really suit a team like Real Madrid.”


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‘We won’t win in this way’ – Setien reponds to Courtois over La Liga TITLe claim

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Barcelona coach Quique Setien recognised on Tuesday in a videoconference organised by the club that he wants tournaments to be resumed if they can be.

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“I wouldn’t like to win the title in this way,” said Setien, whose team are top of the table. “It’s common sense that the league table stays as it is (if the campaign cannot be completed).”

Barca have two more points than Real Madrid – 58 to 56.

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“However the reality is that everyone would like to finish the season and win it all playing all the games, the same as the Champions League.”

Madrid goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois had said that it would not be fair if Barca were champions because his side had drawn with and beaten them this season, “showing they were the better team”.


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