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Courtois bemoans missed chances after Real Madrid draw

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Courtois disappointed with Real Madrid’s draw against Villarreal

Real Madrid were held to a 2-2 draw away from home at Villarreal yesterday, leaving goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois disappointed at his team’s failure to bag all three points. Courtois lamented that his team had several chances to kill the game but slammed his teammates for not making the most of their chances.

Santi Cazorla’s opener four minutes into the game was cancelled out by Karim Benzema’s strike before Raphael Varane put the Los Blancos in the lead at the 20th-minute mark. Madrid failed to capitalise on their chances and the former Arsenal playmaker headed it in with six minutes remaining to rescue a point for the home side.

Madrid slipped 7 points adrift of leaders Barcelona, who beat Celta Vigo 2-0 last week.

“We had some chances to kill off the game,” Courtois said. “We had issues at the back and that cost us a goal.

“We had the lion’s share of possession, we controlled the game in many moments and we into Villarreal’s box more than they did ours.

“Now we have to think about Sunday and really try to win it. We have trained well over the last few days and we were ready for the match.

“We started (off) badly with an error and a goal, but then we got back into it. We missed great chances in the one-on-one and that was the game finished.”

Madrid full-back Dani Carvajal added: “We had some real chances to finish the game and make it 3-1, but in the end, we drew and dropped two points.

“We needed those three points to close the gaps on the leader. Now we need to keep working hard and rack up some points. This is not an easy place to come play. We’re disappointed because we were ahead for practically the whole match and not winning really stings.”

“We knew that they would have to push forward and leave the defence open. Before finishing with a draw, we had two massive chances to kill it off, we did not finish and they nicked a goal at the end.”

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