Soccer-Courtois feels he'll get respect he deserves after Champions League win

29/5/2022 2:02:00 AM

Soccer-Courtois feels he'll get respect he deserves after Champions League win

Soccer-Courtois feels he'll get respect he deserves after Champions League win

PARIS (Reuters) - Real Madrid goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois feels he will finally get the respect he deserves after his man-of-the-match performance helped the LaLiga champions claim a record-extending 14th European Cup triumph on Saturday.

Real beat Liverpool 1-0 in the Champions League final courtesy of a Vinicius Junior goal but the Belgian's saves made the difference at the Stade de France.Liverpool will face Real in Saturday's final at Stade de France with the Merseyside club looking to win a third trophy this season, having claimed the League Cup and FA Cup.Thiago was substituted with a muscle issue in the first half of Sunday's final Premier League game against Wolverhampton Wanderers and Fabinho has not played since hobbling off with a hamstring tweak during the 2-1 win over Aston Villa on May 10.Having spent the latter part of the season being touted for a unique quadruple, they face the prospect of potential double disappointment after missing out on the Premier League title to Manchester City by a solitary point on the last day.

"I needed to win a final for my career, to put some respect on my name," Courtois said after making a staggering nine saves."I'm really happy and proud of the performance of the team.Thiago resumed training after being forced from the pitch with a muscle issue in the first half of their 3-1 win over Wolverhampton Wanderers in the final league game of the season last Sunday, as Liverpool finished second in the table.We've beaten the best clubs in the world."Fabinho has trained normal, Thiago trained with the team yesterday and will train today and then we'll go from there.(Manchester) City and Liverpool were unbelievable this season.Liverpool have won the Champions League six times, while Real have 13 titles.Liverpool played a great game but we had one chance and we scored it.His 15 goals in 11 Champions League games, 10 in the knockout stage, have put Real on the verge of winning Europe's elite club title for the fifth time in nine years and the France striker as favourite to claim the Ballon D'Or after scoring 44 goals, with 15 assists, in 45 games in all competitions.

" Courtois, Chelsea's keeper from 2011-18, said the first of his saves, when he denied Mo Salah early on, gave him the confidence he needed for the rest of the game.(Reporting by Manasi Pathak in Bengaluru; Editing by Toby Davis) Article type: metered." A new pitch was installed at the Stade de France earlier in the week and Klopp had some concerns."It's incredible, so many years, so much work.Come to the club of my life.I saw many criticising me.But not in this case as it is new since yesterday," Klopp said.Today we have shown who is the King of Europe," he said.Real won a record-extending 35th LaLiga title with a month of the season left and are in their 17th European Cup final - an accomplishment that allowed Ancelotti to give his players some rest as they go into the final with no major injury concerns.

"I felt good the last few weeks.Once you make the first stop."Somebody thought it would be a good idea to bring a new pitch the day before the game, but didn't kill my mood.Nobody could take away my desire to win the Champions League." There was only one downside for Courtois - he missed his brother's wedding but promised to make up for his absence."I feel sorry for my brother, who is getting married tomorrow and I can't be there," he said."If you look at the way Real Madrid celebrate those comebacks then I would say they are the favourites," Klopp said, referring to Real's fightbacks against Paris St Germain, Chelsea and Manchester City in the earlier rounds.

"On Monday there is another civil marriage and I will be there." (Reporting by Fernando Kallas; Writing by Julien Pretot; Editing by Ken Ferris) Article type: metered.

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