Thibaut Courtois was the soccer player chosen by Real Madrid to appear before the media before the duel between the Sheriff and the white team this Wednesday in Tiraspol, in a match on the fifth day of the group stage of the Champions League. Thibaut made a fiery defense of his compatriot Courtois and was calm despite not being among the nominees for The Best award, believing that his criticism of FIFA for the calendar has taken their toll.

Tomorrow’s game. “We know we have a difficult game. It’s a team that defends well and goes well against it. That happened in the first leg. We are going to try to make a good game and qualify for the next phase.”

Leave a clean sheet. “Some games we had bad luck conceding goals. The other day in Granada it was a deflected ball. Against Elche it is also avoidable. Some goals we conceded in the last minutes. But I think we dominated the games. I also prefer to win 0-4, but if we are winning with many goals it is a good sign “.

It is not among the favorites of The Best. “For me, the collective trophies are more important than the individual ones. I prefer to win the Champions League and the League this year. The Best thing may not surprise me much because of what happened a month ago, with some comments from me (he criticized FIFA for the overload of matches). I know my value and I have the recognition of the players and the club and that is more important. “

He complained about the calendar. “I will not comment more on that. I have commented what I think. But I don’t know who decides. There are great nominated goalkeepers.”

See the best Hazard again. “The last week he has not trained because he was ill. I have known him for many years, his dream was to play for Madrid and that is why it is sad that things have not turned out the way we all want. But I see him with great enthusiasm. With joy and wanting to help the team and grow. It’s not easy when you haven’t played much in recent years, but I think he can reach his best level. He’s still going to contribute a lot to this team. We can’t forget about his quality. We forget very quickly The player that he is. One of the best in the world. That quality and that talent does not go away so easy. We cannot kill him or think that he is just any player, because he is not. “

Cheat match against the Sheriff. “It is an important game. Today, there are no easy games, even if the rival is smaller. Before the first leg we knew that they defended well, that they attacked well against the counter, that they had quality. We lacked to score the goal and they scored. a great goal. We have to teach them from the first minute that we are going to win and they will not have a choice. “