Thibaut Courtois looks back on his return to top form: “Many thought my season was over”

Thibaut Courtois looks back on his return to top form: “Many thought my season was over”
Thibaut Courtois looks back on his return to top form: “Many thought my season was over”

Three meetings. That’s how little time it took for Thibaut Courtois to convince everyone and get back to his best level.

Less than ten days before a Champions League final where he leaves with the favor of the forecasts thanks to his 270 minutes on the pitch, the goalkeeper spoke about his season. Obviously difficult, even if it could end in apotheosis in the event of a victory against Dortmund.

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During the “White Week” of the University School of Madrid, the colossus explained what he had gone through this season after his first injury. “You have to be positive, above all. In August I cried because the worst thing that can happen to you in football is the cruciate ligament. I experienced this as a crucifixion”he began. “When I got home, I told myself I was going to work hard and come back strong. That was my idea from the beginning: to be positive, to fight and never give up, to seek your limits.”

Which he did for several months before returning to training… then relapsing due to a (less serious) injury to his other knee. “Many thought my season was over, but I knew that wasn’t the case”he continued.

”One of the best moments of my life”

In front of students who listened to him religiously, the Red Devil also reflected on what Real Madrid represented in his eyes. “From the outside you always see greatness, but until you’re on the inside you don’t realize the impact Real Madrid has on world football.”

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The goalkeeper hopes to play his second C1 final since arriving in Madrid in 2018. “Every year they fight to win the Champions League, the club is the best in the world and when you are inside you see everything . When you move around the world, you realize the impact.”

During the first European final, he was decisive. A crucial memory for the Limburger which evokes another memory. “The first is the match against Galatasaray. I made about three stops and gained confidence. Since then, everything has improved. The second moment was the Champions League final against Liverpool. Being able to win this final with so many saves and being voted man of the match is one of the best moments of my life.”

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