Courtois 2.0, the improved version of the Belgian shields Madrid

December 21, 2021

  • The goalkeeper has grown bigger in the small area, takes more initiative in the aerial balls and has assumed the role of Sergio Ramos ordering the entire defense.

The Real Madrid will spend Christmas placidly installed in the leadership in the League thanks to its punch, being the highest-scoring team of the season with 39 goals, and for a solvent defense that makes it the third-lowest-scoring team. The whites have received 15 points. There emerges the figure of Thibaut Courtois, which has been increasing its importance in the team after a I start with many doubts in which he conceded goals in five of the first six days.

The outputs of Sergio Ramos and Raphael Varane sowed doubts in the white defensive device, which started with Alaba and Militao in the axis of the rear and improvised sides as Lucas Vรกzquez and Nacho. Lesions of Carvajal and Mendy they aggravated the situation. To which was added the more irregular start that is reminded of housemiro, a corrective factor and a man who shields and balances the entire white defensive system.

Carletto’s special attention

In those first matches AncelottiWith his usual naturalness, he put his finger on the wound: โ€œWe have to be more attentive in the defensive phase. There is a lot of quality in the squad, but the defensive commitment is the key that we have to work on. It is a problem of sacrifice, not of quality. We all have to be more focused.

The goal has taken center stage after a start with doubts: he conceded goals in 5 of the first 6 days

However, with the passing of the matches Carletto has been adjusting the automatisms of the group behind. The coach has paid special attention to Courtois, with whom he has spoken a lot to gain prominence by changing some of his routines.

Today the Belgian goalkeeper has become big in the small area, coming out from under sticks to save Militao work and Alaba behind him. And he highlights the initiative he has gained when it comes to going out on the hanging balls. His almost two meters in height are now accompanied by a confidence that he previously lacked.

Voice on the field and off it

Furthermore, with the march of Ramos at Paris Saint-Germain the team had lost its natural leader in defense and the man who generated all the communication behind. Today Thibaut has assumed that role and is the one who speaks back and orders to the team from its privileged position in the goal.

Alaba wears stripes and orders the chaotic Militao, but it is Thibaut who speaks, warns and places his defense. Courtois, very comfortable in that new starring role, has even become spokesman of the team off the field, raising his voice to defend his teammates before the microphones, as Ramos did in his day.

Better than Ter Stegen and Oblak

Thibaut is the sixth goalkeeper in the League that has made the most saves: 48 in 18 games, for 25 of Ter Stegen on the 20th cloud. The Belgian has stopped 22 of the last 24 shots on target, and only Rafa Mir he has been able to beat him in the last seven games that the whites have faced with Cรกdiz, Atlรฉtico, Inter, Real Sociedad, Athletic, Sevilla and Sheriff.

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To that is added that Real Madrid has closed the defensive bleeding of the team with the appearance of Carvajal and Mendy. In the 38 games that have coincided on the field, the Spanish and French full-back have not lost any, with 30 wins and 8 draws.

Ancelotti has defensively redirected the team and the uncertainty of the fans has become tranquillity when rivals approach your area. And although on the covers they keep coming out Benzema and Vinicius, in the locker room everyone talks about “New Courtois”.