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Thibaut Courtois Claims To Be Criticised Because He Is The Best

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Thibaut Courtois Claims To Be Criticised Because He Is The Best

Thibaut Courtois claims his best goalkeeper in the world tag invited criticism early on in his Real Madrid career.

“I don’t read the press, I only pay attention to what the coach or my team-mates say to me,” Courtois, who moved to Madrid in 2018, said from Belgium’s national team camp ahead of Euro 2020 qualifying. “If they haven’t been a goalkeeper themselves, how can they know how it all works?

“I don’t doubt my own ability. I am one of the best goalkeepers in the world and sometimes that’s why they criticise me. I’m calm about it because I made some good saves against Celta [Vigo], Sevilla and Atletico [Madrid], and in other games. I’m playing at a good level, it’s turning out to be a good start to the season and I have to continue this way.”

Zinedine Zidane dropped the Belgian during half-time of a Champions League group stage draw with Club Brugge. Madrid later had to deny reports about the 27-year-old suffering from anxiety problems. Courtois was subbed for the next game against Granada but returned to the starting lineup in the 1-0 defeat against Real Mallorca.

“Zidane told me that I’d continue as first-choice, and asked me to keep focused,” Courtois added. “He’s always had faith in me.”

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