Real Madrid goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois had a bad dream when he appeared in the El Clasico match against Barcelona, Monday (21/3) early morning WIB. Four goals nested in the goal which was escorted by the Belgian national team goalkeeper.
Two goals from Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and a goal each by Ronald Araujo and Ferran Torres meant Courtois had to leave the field with his head down.
After the game he criticized the appearance of his teammates, especially in the defense. “Today we gave an unacceptable image to this club. We were not compact and were not able to hold on to the goal. For the first goal, they got space at the near post and we weren’t ready for the second either,” he explained.
“After the break we thought we could come back, and after ten seconds, Ferran Torres went straight one on one with me,” he added.
Facing Barcelona, Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti chose to play with a false nine due to the absence of the top scorer, Karim Benzema, who was injured. But the bet did not pay off as Los Blancos were only able to get four shots on target while Barcelona had ten.
Courtois surprised Ancelotti played with such tactics. The same tactics employed by Ancelotti saw that strategy go awry in last month’s Copa del Rey quarter-final clash with Athletic Bilbao.
“We played with false nines in the Copa and barely had a shot and that’s the same that happened here. We started well, we had chances through Fede Valverde which was saved by Marc ter Stegen well, but from there we went downhill,” Courtois said. .
“We didn’t play freely and that made it even more difficult. Then in the second half we couldn’t do anything. This badge demands that you fight and in the second half we didn’t. We could have lost a lot more than that,” he added. (Goal/OL-15)