It has been very tough for Thibaut Courtois since leaving Chelsea for Real Madrid, as the former Blue has struggled to live up to expectations at the Santiago Bernabeu.
Things couldn’t have gotten any worse for Courtois after he was dropped to the bench by Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane in his first game in charge of the club, having just returned to the job he left eleven months ago.
Courtois made an awful mistake as he gifted a goal to Russia in Belgium’s opening Euro 2020 qualifier on Thursday night.
Belgium had gone ahead through Youri Tielemans but the scores were levelled a couple of minutes later when Courtois took too long on the ball only to gift it straight to Denis Cheryshev, who passed into an empty net.
Speaking after that error, Courtois said he still has self-belief despite the criticism he’s received from some sections of the Spanish media,
“I still consider myself one of the best in the world,” said the Madrid stopper. “Even though the Spanish press want to kill me. I feel strong, I’m calm, playing well and training well.”
Courtois took full responsibility for his mistake as he said: “I got a nudge from the Russian attacker,” he said. “I didn’t have the strength to clear it. I made a bit of a mistake. That’s the life of a goalkeeper. After that, I calmed down and played my game.”
Hazard teased Courtois’ mistake after the game by telling the Real Madrid goalkeeper that he was trying to dribble like him.
“I think he’s looking at too many videos of me, he’s trying to dribble like me!” Hazard quipped to RTBF after the game.
“But it’s not the same thing as he’s a bit taller, it’s a little more complicated. It will spend a little time on the internet and make a buzz!”