Thibaut Courtois is on the brink of ending Jan Oblak’s four year reign as


After a slow start to life at Real Madrid, Thibaut Courtois is on the brink of ending Jan Oblak’s four year reign as LaLiga’s best goalkeeper… the former Chelsea stopper has been integral to Los Blancos’ title charge and would love to get one over Atletico

  • Thibaut Courtois has overcome a slow start to life in Madrid to play a crucial role 
  • The ex-Chelsea goalkeeper endured a poor first season and doubts emerged 
  • But now he has won over Madrid’s fans and is leading them towards the title
  • He could end Jan Oblak’s dominance, and would love to get one over Atletico 

For a while at Real Madrid it seemed he was turning into ‘Calamity Courtois’, now he is on the brink of toppling Jan Oblak’s four-year reign as Spain‘s best goalkeeper, and breaking a 23-year clean sheet record at Real Madrid.

With the exception of Segio Ramos and Karim Benzema, Thibaut Courtois is doing more than anyone to win La Liga for Real Madrid. He has kept 17 cleans sheets this season and if he manages two more in the last three games he will equal the record set by Paco Buyo in the 1986-87 season of 19.

It will perhaps be overcoming Oblak that will give him even more satisfaction. The Zamora prize is Marca’s coveted award to the keeper who has let in the fewest goals. Named after legendary keeper Ricardo Zamora who kept goal for Madrid and Barcelona in the 1920s and 30s the award was inaugurated in 1959. 

Oblak has dominated it since 2015. Had he won it again this year he would have beaten Victor Valdes’ record and become the first goalkeeper to win it five times in a row.

Thibaut Courtois has turned his fortunes around at Real Madrid and is on the verge of glory

Thibaut Courtois has turned his fortunes around at Real Madrid and is on the verge of glory

The Belgian goalkeeper has been integral to Los Blancos title charge, keeping 17 clean sheets

The Belgian goalkeeper has been integral to Los Blancos title charge, keeping 17 clean sheets

Courtois has heard many times before that Atletico Madrid never regret losing him, first back to Chelsea and then to Real Madrid because along came Oblak. Courtois was pelted by toy rats the first time he went to play for Real Madrid at the Metropolitano in February 2019. They don’t like him at Atletico, and they don’t seem to think much of him at Chelsea either but he has less reason than ever to care now that he is finally winning over the Real Madrid supporters.

Courtois had hoped former Chelsea team-mate Eden Hazard would be able to lead Real Madrid’s title charge but he has had injury problems all season.

‘Hazard is back and with a lot of energy.’ Thibaut said in an interview with El Mundo just before the restart. ‘The stoppage has enabled him to get fit again. He can help us win the title. He is a key player for us.’

It's a remarkable turnaround for the former Chelsea goalkeeper who had plenty of doubters

It’s a remarkable turnaround for the former Chelsea goalkeeper who had plenty of doubters

Concerns over Courtois' mentality emerged after he reportedly had an anxiety attack during a Champions League match against Club Brugge

Concerns over Courtois’ mentality emerged after he reportedly had an anxiety attack during a Champions League match against Club Brugge

But he has shown his strong mentality and is close to ending the dominance of Jan Oblak

But he has shown his strong mentality…



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