Courtois bolts

“There are three games without conceding and that for me is fundamental,” he summarized Zinedine Zidane at a press conference after the placid victory of the Real Madrid before him Cadiz (0-3). The white team, again with an eleven of circumstances marked by losses, chained in the Ramon de Carranza the third consecutive game with a clean sheet after draws if goals in Anfield against Liverpool and in the Coliseum before him Getafe.

Since last February, the Madrid He did not link so many games without conceding a goal. Then, between the 9th and the 24th, the whites sealed their goal consecutively against Getafe (2-0), Valencia (2-0), Valladolid (0-1) and Atalanta (0-1). Now, Madrid adds 309 minutes without conceding, since Salah will score 2-1 in the first leg of the quarterfinals of the Champions on Valdebebas in minute 51 ‘.

The defensive strength of the Madrid has arrived thanks to the great level exhibited by Thibaut Courtois, almost insurmountable in recent weeks with superb performances in Anfield and the Coliseum, and also to the assembly of a defensive line taken a priori with tweezers but that has taken a step forward in the most important section of the season. Nacho Y Militao has established itself as the great foremen of the rear by the absences of Bouquets Y Varane, the latter back in Cadiz after overcoming the covid.

The Belgian goalkeeper has been the only common denominator in these last three games, as Z
inedine Zidane he has been forced to use up to three different defensive lines, with different systems and using different players. Against him Liverpool drew a line of four formed by Valverde (Right side), Militao, Nacho Y Mendy; in front of Getafe changed three pieces (entered Odriozola, Chust Y Marcelo) and in the Carranza returned to the line of three centrals giving entrance to Varane Y Nacho.

The party of Cadiz It was the calmest of the Madrid in recent weeks, as the arreón in the final stretch of the first part allowed those of Zidane live on the income of 0-3 the rest of the meeting. At Carranza, Madrid only conceded 3 shots on goal in 90 minutes. The Getafe, on the other hand, he demanded much more from the white defense, since he attempted 19 shots (12 from inside the area) and forced Courtois to intervene six times. On Anfield, the Belgian goalkeeper was also impregnable with three decisive saves in the three shots between Liverpool’s three sticks, who in total shot 14 times.

On the verge of receiving a Chelsea that also bases its strength on its defensive solidity, the Madrid, Courtois and Zidane They seem to have hit the key to seal their goal again.