Thibaut Courtois could win his first Champions League tomorrow night if Real Madrid wins over Liverpool. The Belgian goalkeeper gave the L’Équipe a long interview, in which he confides in particular about the importance of returning against the PSG in the round of 16 or still brings his vision of the mistake of Gianluigi Donnarumma and the election of Kylian Mbappé.
Long abused and eliminated from the Champions League in the PSG round of 16, Real Madrid returned insanely in March. He asked Team A few days ago, in an interview published on the sidelines of the final against Liverpool, Thibaut Courtois believes that “ PSG was the trigger of the Champions League (0-1, 3-1). This connection with the public … It gave us a lot of confidence to continue the course marked by unexpected returns, then repeated against Chelsea and Manchester City. “ Three matches that will last forever in the mind of a Belgian.
Goalkeeper Merengues recalls the crazy atmosphere of Santiago-Bernabeu during the last half hour of retaliation against Paris. ” On return, when you lose 1-0, you say, “That’s good, it’s over.” And then Karim (Benzema) explode. And there you really realize what Bernabeu is, the European evenings that everyone tells you about … It was really unbelievable. That’s the magic. The strength of our team is to always believe in it this year. »
Donnarumma was playing with fire
The position specialist was also asked to give his opinion on the potential impact of the competition between Keylor Navas and Gianluigi Donnarumma on the performance of the Italian goalkeeper, who was guilty of a recovery error in Madrid’s first goal on his return. ” It’s not easy to live with because you also know the qualities of Navas. He’s a great goalkeeper. He’s a legend here in Real. The most difficult is the rotation. The goalkeeper needs to chain three or four matches to have consistency. Otherwise you will lose the rhythm. »
Nevertheless, the mistake is still the fault of the native of Castellammare di Stabia, perhaps too greedy for this maximally postponed edition. ” But I believe that Donnarumm’s dumpling is that he is a player who likes to play on foot, that he delayed a bit and that Karim, above all, pressed him well.. »
Courtois respects Mbappé’s choice
Although teammate Karima Benzemy was involved in Team before Kylian Mbappé’s extension to the PSG was announced until 2025, the sports daily could not help but gather his views on the subject. The Courtois states that ” respect “the” career and life choices “French striker, though” There is nothing more beautiful than playing for Real Madrid “According to him, Bondynois apparently does not share his position yet.