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Since the beginning of the season Zinedine Zidane made it clear that The league It took a special importance. The French coach proposed on his return to the white bench to recover the hegemony in this competition. During the season he has been demonstrating, with rotations included, getting a streak of 21 games without knowing the defeat between the end of October and the beginning of February.
If there is someone who took this circumstance seriously, it is Thibaut Courtois. The team got that streak thanks to the great performances of the Belgian goalkeeper who put a wall in his goal. During that streak the goalkeeper recovered from a hesitant start to the season and has not stopped growing until he became a pillar of this Madrid.
The Belgian is the goalkeeper who has more often left his goal to zero so far this season and aspires with a firm hand to Zamora Trophy, a prize that a white goalkeeper has not won since Iker Casillas He did it in 2008. His performances are being so vital that he has won the stand of the Santiago Bernabeu after doubts he left his rivalry with Keylor Navas.
Brightness in big dates
Courtois has put the bolt in his goal and left it zero up to 12 times. Seville, Leganés, Betis, Eibar, Spanish, Athletic, Getafe Y Valladolid they have checked in their own meats what it means to meet the Belgian wall. None of these clubs have been able to overcome the goalkeeper’s defense of the white goalkeeper.
But there are four other games in which its work has been essential for the white team to be the main candidate to take the national competition. Neither him Barça neither him Athletic they managed to beat him in neither of the two games that have played this season. Nor could the mattress set at the end of the Super Cup. Only in the penalty shootout, in which he was also a hero, he was marked.
He is also responsible for the white team not yet lost in the League at Santiago Bernabéu. Seven of those 12 games he hasn’t conceded have been at home. His stops at the white colosseum begin to be synonymous with the reaction of the stands. The Courtois-Bernabéu communion is already a reality.
One more for the comeback
Courtois also stood out in the loss to the Manchester City. In spite of fitting two goals, he kept the team before the whites scored and managed to make sure the team was not eliminated. Your stops before Riyad Mahrez or Gabriel Jesus they can be decisive if whites manage to crush Manchester.
It is one of the reasons to subscribe to the comeback. The options of those of Zidane go through leaving their goal to zero, in addition to scoring the two goals they will need to turn the scoreboard around. Courtois does not stop growing and if the defense responds as well as he did in the Classic City will have very difficult to see the goal of Real Madrid in the second leg.
Real Madrid has found a guarantee goalkeeper in Courtois this season. Although the wall has been about to crack, the Belgian has raised it again and is one of the reasons to be excited. The white fans no longer spend so much fear with the clear chances of the rivals. Thibaut has earned his trust from those of Conch Thorn based on work, perseverance and great stops.
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