Saturday, 27 July 2019

Thibaut Courtois declares himself undisputed No 1 before shipping FIVE goals to Atletico

Real Madrid goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois has been mocked for declaring himself the club's number one and then shipping five first half goals against city rivals Atletico. 

And the former Chelsea keeper's problems are only a small part of what is turning into a disastrous North American tour.

Madrid's pre-season was in bits after a mauling in New Jersey at the hands of Diego Simeone's Atletico Madrid. 

'Courtois shot himself in the foot just hours before the game,' said Diario AS. 'In a conversation with a media from his own country he said: "It's clear that I am the number one in goal now".

'Well the No 1 let in five against Atletico. You never heard Iker Casillas or Keylor Navas coming out with something similar. And they have six European Cups between them. It is nothing strange that Courtois heard some whistles [directed at him] in the first half.'


Zidane said last season that there would definitely not be any uncertainty around who was Real Madrid's first choice keeper this campaign but that is not how things are turning out so far. Navas was a second half improvement on Courtois and most fans want the Costa Rican to start in goal with Courtois either playing cup games or being sold.

Zidane also prefers Navas but had given in to the club over Courtois in the hope that his other demands would be met. So far his request for the signing of Paul Pogba have not been heeded.

The only plus point for him from this pre-season humiliation is that there might now be even more urgency to bring in the Manchester United midfielder.

The club definitely need to do something to turn around what is being called 'Zidane's no revolution' this summer.


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