Yesterday saw Gareth Bale’s glorious home debut go up in smoke - as Atletico Madrid conquered them at the Santiago Bernabeu via a goal from Diego Costa. Atletico now stay joint top of La Liga on 21 points with Barcelona - both teams have 100% records. Both teams have also conceded the least number of goals in the league this term, five each - which has seen the keepers at each team praised in the Spanish media.
The Belgian number one stopper has been in top form ever since going out on loan to Los Colchoneros - last year he was given the Zamora Trophy as La Liga’s top goalkeeper.
Yesterday, before his side won triumphant in the Madrid derby Courtois spoke to Spanish press about many things, including his current local rivals.
And he had some interesting thoughts on a player who has just left Real Madrid - for Arsenal.
Courtois was of course speaking about Mesut Ozil - Arsenal’s new record signing who cost the club an incredible £42.5 million from Los Blancos.
And Courtois joins the growing number of Spanish based voices stating their disbelief at that decision.
In an interview he stated:
“Without Ozil Madrid lack quality on the pitch. Ozil has tremendous vision and can see the final pass.
“He plays between the lines and can open up any game. It is true that Madrid have other great players though!’’
Well that is great of Courtois to say, and it might have riled up the Madrid fans and players ahead of the game.
But bad news Thibaut, you will have to play against him next season if you are to take Petr Cech’s place as the number one at Chelsea.
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