‘A man possessed’ – Real Madrid will be ‘building statues’ as Thibaut Courtois calls for respect after heroic performance against Liverpool in Champions League final May 29, 2022 – Posted in: Soccer
Thibaut Courtois has written himself into the Real Madrid history books after guiding them to Champions League glory in a 1-0 victory over Liverpool.
The Belgian international was man of the match at the Stade de France as a number of match-winning stops saw the Spanish giants pip the Reds to the biggest crown in European football.
The 30-year-old faced 24 shots on goal and pulled off nine brilliant saves to preserve Madrid’s lead, leading talkSPORT commentator Jim Proudfoot to profess: “He’s the man of the match.
“If Real Madrid win this, they will be building statues for him.”
Described by Real Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti post-match as ‘unbelievable’, Courtois was quick to enforce that he hoped his match-winning display was enough to silence his critics in England.
Speaking to BT Sport, the former Chelsea goalkeeper said: “Yesterday in the press conference I said that when Madrid plays finals, they win them.
“I’m on the good side of history and I saw all of the tweets coming my way and saying that I will get humbled today. It was the other way around, I think.
“Today I needed to win a final for my career, for all of the hard work, to put the respect on my name because I don’t think I get the respect, especially in England because I get a lot of criticism even after a great season and saying I was not good enough or whatever.
“I’m just really happy and proud of the performance of the team.
“We stuck to it and when I needed to be there for the team I was there.”
He added: “We beat the best clubs in the world, together with us.
“If you see off City and Liverpool, they were unbelievable this season and fought to the end in the Premier League.
“They won two cups, Liverpool. They were really strong today and I think I played a great game today and that was the difference because we had one chance and we scored it.”
One man who was hugely impressed with Courtois was Jermaine Pennant – who predicted that Liverpool’s missed chances against the stopper would come back to haunt them.
Pennant told the Sports Bar: “He came out like he was possessed. Courtois was a man on a mission today.
“Twenty-four shots he faced, nine on target but no matter what Liverpool tried or did, he was there to stop that.
“From the corners he was coming out and commanding the ball and putting his body in there. He was getting down to shots.
“In the first five minutes Salah flicked one round the corner but he was down like a shot. He was unbelievable.
“I did say during the match, the way he’s playing it’s going to come back and haunt Liverpool if they don’t put one away and he just kept stopping the chances.
“I knew it would come back and haunt Liverpool.”
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