Courtois: ‘Hazard is a bit sad’

Thibaut Courtois, Belgian goalkeeper of Real Madrid, appreciated the state of mind of his compatriot Eden Hazard, injured again the day he was to reappear, and acknowledged that he is “a little sad” and “affected” by a muscle injury that delays his return to the pitch.

“He is a bit affected. I sent him a message, he told me what he had and he is a little sad. I saw him training very well this week and I wanted to see him play today or Sunday. It is a little way back for him but it is not the ankle where he has the injury and I’m sure that after the break he is with us, “he said in Movistar+.

Courtois analyzed the victory by the minimum before Real Valladolid, of which he was the protagonist with his stops. “We knew it was a difficult game against a team that tied us last year. We had chances in the first half and they did not create danger, in the second I had to make good saves but then we finished the game. What counts are the three points . We have to keep improving. “

For the Madrid goalkeeper, the team “lacks rhythm with the ball” and “increases the speed” of their possession. “When they defend you with two lines of four together, if you don’t move the ball fast, the games are difficult despite the quality we have. When we increased the pace and in the second half it was better.”

Zinedine Zidane tried two different systems in the match and Courtois he stays with the variety offered to the Madrid team. “In the end, the drawings do not matter, if we are flexible in tactics you can surprise other teams. When the coach makes a plan you have to do it well.”