Thibaut Courtois was the great savior of Real Madrid against Valladolid. The Belgian made three meritorious saves that together with Casemiro's goal keep Real Madrid in the fight for the League. Courtois thus continues with the upward path that sustained the team in the last championship and has shown in this one.
Courtois does not need defenders since his great performances are enough but if he did need them, he has found him in Erwin Lemmens, goalkeeping coach of the Belgium national team. “It is the best in the world, it is currently outperforming all its competitors“, affirmed the member of the technical staff of the Spanish Roberto Martínez.”I watch almost all of his matches and he has been playing at a very high level for weeks“, continued Lemmens in statements collected by the Belgian media Sporza. “If it had not been there, Real Madrid would not be where it is now. He keeps them at the top of the table on his own, but winning the title as a goalkeeper on his own would be completely unbelievable. It is not easy to always keep the goal unbeaten. “
Overcame bad reviews after Bruges
The coach also explained that Courtois went through bad times but his work, plus the help they gave him from the national team, helped him get out of the pothole. “After the game against Bruges, he was completely assassinated while he was ill. But he emerged stronger from that difficult period. We worked hard to rebuild it after that but it came out stronger. He doesn't care much, that's what makes him so strong. “It must be remembered that Zidane had to withdraw the Belgian goalkeeper” due to stomach problems and discomfort “at half-time. The game went 0-2 in favor of Bruges and Courtois had received whistles from the Bernabéu fans for his poor performance.
A bad situation that Courtois was able to reverse until he was one of the team's banners. “In Spain now they also write that he is 'the star' of the First Division. That means he has surpassed Messi. That is incredible“continued the coach.” (Courtois) He is surpassing everyone. If you look at his stats and achievements, you can't ignore that. We, as Belgians, can be proud. We message each other regularly, because he knows he can come to me with anything. You can tell me everything in confidence. I daresay we have become friends for the last 8 years, “Lemmens added in Sforza.
The member of the Belgian team also knows Eden Hazard well. For the one who has nothing but good words: “I hope for Real Madrid that Hazard gets fit soon and explodes. That could be a relief for all of Madrid, so that they can win their games more easily. “