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LaLiga 2019-2020: Eibar 0-4 Real Madrid: 3 talking points as the Galacticos put in a brilliant display 

Ume Elvis
Modified 11 Nov 2019, 20:05 IST

#2 Clean sheet run for Thibaut Courtois continues

Courtois has kept five consecutive clean sheets in all competitions
Courtois has kept five consecutive clean sheets in all competitions

Thibaut Courtois caused a real storm when he wanted to depart Chelsea for Real Madrid, going as far as refusing to show up for training in a bid to force the issue.

He finally got his dream transfer, signing for the Spanish giants in the summer of 2018, but was one of the players most culpable in a poor run of form that finally cost Julen Lopetegui his job.

Things marginally improved for the team, but their Belgian goalkeeper was still on the receiving end of criticism, and as much as he tried, he simply could not keep a clean sheet.

There was widespread criticism when Keylor Navas was released to join Paris Saint-Germain, with many of the opinion that he is a better goalkeeper than Courtois and with each passing week, this viewpoint seemed to hold water.

Courtois' departure at half-time in the 2-2 draw with Club Brugge in the Champions League got critics worrying that he was fazed by the weight of expectation and questioned his mentality to handle the pressures of being a Real Madrid player.

After sitting out the next fixture against Granada, Courtois was deployed in goal against Mallorca and conceded a 7th-minute goal to Lago Junior.

That was the last goal the Belgian international has conceded in a Real Madrid shirt and he has kept five consecutive clean sheets in all competitions since that reversal at the Iberostar.

This means that the former Chelsea man has now gone 522 minutes without conceding in competitive action and this is more than Keylor Navas managed in his five-year Real Madrid career.

After a shaky start, Real Madrid's defence is slowly taking shape and with another clean sheet posted against Eibar, Courtois would fancy his chances of winning over his detractors.

Published 10 Nov 2019, 02:23 IST
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