Real Madrid goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois says he does not get the respect he deserves after his excellent performance in the 2021/22 Uefa Champions League final. The former Chelsea goalkeeper produced a stunning performance to deny Liverpool in the Champions League final. The goalkeeper made several excellent saves, particularly in the first half the Reds dominated.
Thibaut Courtois says He does not get enough Respect
Vinicius Jr then scored the winning goal after the break for Real. Courtois said: “I said that when Madrid plays finals, they win. I was on the good side of history.” He also said: “I saw a lot of tweets coming the way that I would get humbled today – it was the other way round.”
Courtois spent seven years in England with the Blues keeping 48 clean sheets in 128 Premier League appearances – before moving to Real Madrid in 2018. The 30-year-old Belgium international won two Premier League titles with Chelsea as well as an FA Cup and has now added a Champions League winner medal to two La Liga titles with Real.
In the Champions League this season, he kept five clean sheets and made 59 saves, with a save percentage of 80.56. Courtois made nine saves against Liverpool the most on record (since 2003-04) of any goalkeeper in a single Champions League final. The goalkeeper said: “Today I needed to win a final for my career, for all the hard work to put respect on my name as I don’t think I get enough respect, especially in England.”
Courtois also said: “I saw a lot of criticism even after a great season.” “I am proud of the team. We stuck to it and when I needed to be there I was there for the team.” Courtois emphasized Real’s testing route to the Champions League trophy – they knocked out Paris St-Germain, Chelsea, and Manchester City on the way to the final. “We beat some of the best clubs of the world. City and Liverpool were unbelievable this season,” he said. “They fought to the end in the Premier League, Liverpool won two cups and they were really strong.” “We played a great game today. We had one chance and scored it.”