Thibaut Courtois is the current goalkeeper of Real Madrid. After his amazing performance in the last Russia World Cup 2018, Real brought him to their camp. But in the beginning, he could not show his eye-catchy skills but it was almost an average. Now, he has got his form back like the 2018 World Cup. The day before yesterday, his team Real played an El Clasico and Courtois was just like the wall in front of Messi, Griezmann, and Vidal. So, Barca’s destructive attacking section did not get any goal. Real beat Barcelona by a 2 – 0 goal. By not conceding any goal in the last two El Clasico in the season, Thibaut Courtois brought back 45 years old memory.
After joining at the Santiago Bernabeu from the Stamford Bridge, criticism was just chasing him. He had the wish of playing for the Spanish club Real Madrid. So, he tolerated the criticizes of his former team Chelsea’s fans. Besides, after his return to the Bernabeu, Real Madrid sold the three times Champions League winner goalkeeper Navas. So, most of the Real Madrid fans did not like the Belgium goalkeeper at the beginning.
In his inaugural matches, he was examined how he played in every match. Like the opponent’s fans, Real Madrid fans also criticized him if he made any mistake. By changing club from the Premier League to the Spanish side, Courtois needed time to blend in. Besides, in the beginning, his performance was not even eye-catchy. So, he realized how the fans of Real Madrid criticized him.
This is the first time in 45 years that Barcelona have failed to score against Real Madrid in a La Liga season.
Thibaut Courtois becomes the first goalkeeper since Garcia Ramon to keep back to back clean sheets against Barca in La Liga in 45 years.
— 🅻🆁. (@Trequartistx) March 2, 2020
But those days have gone. Day by day, he is presenting very eye-catchy performance to the Real Madrid fans and also presenting his true color like the 2018 Russia World Cup. Especially in the El Clasico. In the season, he played two El Clasico matches but did not concede any goal. After 45 years, Real Madrid did not concede any goal in two El Clasico matches of the season.
Thibaut Courtois is the first Real Madrid goalkeeper to kept a clean sheet in two Clasicos in the same #LaLiga season in the 21st century, saving the five shots on target he has faced against Barcelona in 2019/20, two of them against Lionel Messi.
⛔️🧱 BRICK WALL 🧱⛔️ pic.twitter.com/LlquoqphRT
— Los Blancos Stan ⚡️ (@LosBlancoStan) March 3, 2020
The 45 years ago, in the season of 1974/75, Johan Cruyff played for the Catalan club at that time. It was the last season for Real Madrid that did not concede any goal against Barcelona in the La Liga El Clasico matches. In that time, Real made the draw against Barca at the Nou Camp by a 0 – 0 goals and at their home venue, Los Blancos won by a 1 – 0 goal. They also won La Liga in that season. Earlier, in the seasons of 1935/36 and 1957/58, Real Madrid did the same thing.