According to coach Zinédin Zidan, Real Madrid owes much of his current form to goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois. The Belgian national team kept zero in five consecutive league matches. He added the last one in Friday’s match of the 35th round with a 2-0 win over Alavés. “White Ballet” is close to winning the title thanks to its eighth victory in a row.
Real collected 21 goals in the league season, by far the least of all teams. “Thibaut is a very important player with a huge influence. He does a phenomenal job in every match. It’s teamwork, but Thibaut prevents a lot of goals and we are doing very well. He showed two or three decent interventions against Alavés, which helped us a lot.” quoted Zidane’s club website. “But it also depends on the honesty of the team as a whole, we have to stick to that,” said the 48-year-old Frenchman.
Karim Benzema decided the full point gain against Alavés from the penalty and Marco Asensio. Real scored in the third league match in a row from a penalty kick. According to the referee, the visiting bek Ximo Navarro fouled Ferland Mendy.
“If it’s a penalty, it’s a penalty. Mendy made a great move. The way he gets involved in the attack is key. The rest is stolen from me, it’s important to score goals, whatever it is.” stated Zidane.
He likes the French representative Mendy after coming from Lyon last year. “Mendy’s first season is, of course, happy. He’s doing his job, that’s good news. He came here to show what he can do, and he’s doing exactly that. We’re really pleased with his performance.” stated by the owner of the Golden Ball in 1998.
The team from the Spanish capital last won the title in 2017. At that time, Zidane led him to him during his first engagement on his bench. Three laps before the end, Real has a four-point lead over defending champion Barcelona. Granada, Villareal and Leganés await the rest of the “Los Blancos” competition.
“Everything looks good, but we know what’s ahead. We have three games left and we don’t know what will happen. I’ve always said that playing La Liga means very hard and hard work. We have to rest because we’re playing again on Monday. After the victory but he sleeps better, “ said Zidane, who has won the Champions League with the White Ballet three times in a row.