Zidane meets Courtois

first_imgKeylor’s high demands at the beginning of the summer (that the club paid him the remaining two years of his contract and that they let him go for free) and that no proposal satisfied his claims nor those of Madrid made the Tico begin the preseason with him. Madrid. And he enjoyed minutes, by decision of Zidane and also by a physical setback of Courtois. But both goalkeepers knew what their role was. “I think it is now clear who is number one. I feel stronger than ever. “ Courtois assured in late July. Keylor did not digest that secondary role on the bench and returned to request his departure. The season began with Madrid (the first three league games were a substitute) and in the last days of the market PSG reappeared, as in the beginning of the summer, and the exit door was opened thanks to the loan of Areola , goal of the Gallic group, to Chamartín.Fall and regenerationWith Keylor in Paris and Areola on loan, Courtois remained the goalkeeper of Madrid. There was no longer a debate, as Zidane promised months earlier. Although the beginning of the season was not easy for the Belgian, insecure and even whistled at the Bernabéu. He hit rock bottom against Bruges. He conceded two goals, was replaced at the break by “stomach problems” and Areola replaced him with a miraculous save that prevented the 0-3. Zidane wrapped his goalkeeper and defended him several times before the media. “He is the best for me,” he said. The Marseillaise knew how to wrap him under his cloak, held him in the worst moments and Courtois came up with numbers from Zamora. Before the break he had received 26 goals in 32 games (an average of 0.81) and had left the goal at zero 15 times, that is, in 46.87% of his appearances. Against Betis, the last game before the competition stopped, Courtois was injured in the left adductor. The Belgian is taking advantage of these weeks without football to recover, get in tune and be able to help defending a goal whose keys Zidane gave him just a year ago. Thibaut Courtois can attest that Zidane is a man of his word. The Real Madrid coach, shortly after returning to the white bench, wanted to silence the noise that has engulfed the team’s goal in recent years. “Next season there will be no debate on goalkeepers; it will be very clear ”, advanced on April 2, 2019. Back then, Courtois and Keylor were fighting to secure the goal. The Belgian was signed by the club in 2018, after being a Gold Glove in the World Cup, for 35 million euros; the Costa Rican, relieved by the return of a Zizou with whom he had always had a special feeling, was the goalkeeper of the three Champions. Despite the fact that the Costa Rican coach saw a splendid hold on Madrid’s continued intentions to find him a substitute, the club’s decision weighed heavily.At the end of April, Zidane informed Keylor that the goalkeeper for 2019-20 was going to be Courtois, the entity’s strategic signing. A posture that disappointed the Costa Rican and reassured the Belgian, who soon saw how the road was cleared ’. Within a few days of knowing which way the balance had tipped, On April 28, Zidane began to blow up the debate by giving Courtois the start, absent from the previous six games due to injury. It was in Vallecas. Madrid lost 1-0 but Tibu He began to match his coach with a great one-on-one stop to Pozo. Courtois returned to start the next two games, against Villarreal (win 3-2) and Real Sociedad (loss 3-1). He only returned to the bench on the last day against Betis as a wink from Zizou Keylor, who was already assuming his departure and said goodbye to the Bernabéu at the end of the clash (defeat 0-2). Zidane had made a decision.last_img read more