Wins have brought some confidence to Real Madrid, says goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois

Sport360 staff 13/11/2018
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Thibaut Courtois.

Real Madrid goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois has praised his side’s re-found ‘confidence and momentum’ following Sunday’s 4-2 victory at Celta Vigo.

Los Blancos have now won four games in a row under interim coach Santiago Solari – and have scored 15 goals in the process as they look to have turned a corner.

“In previous matches, things didn’t work out,” he said after the game.

“We also have fortune with us, like with the ball hitting the woodwork at 0-0.

“Our quality hasn’t changed, the team hasn’t, but winning brings confidence.”

The Belgian shares his goalkeeping duties with Keylor Navas but dismissed talks of any rift between the two and mentioned that the competition between the shot-stoppers is healthy.

“Every day we train very well, to make it difficult for the coach to choose,” he continued.

“Madrid have a lot of quality in each position, there is a lot of competition.

“People always believe that because you play and the other doesn’t, we’re hitting each other!

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Santiago Solari gets the green light from Real Madrid

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Santiago Solari.

Santiago Solari has officially passed his audition at Real Madrid and will become their permament head coach, according to the Spanish football federation (RFEF).

Solari has steered the club from the midst of a crisis left by Julen Lopetegui to four wins on the bounce, with the 4-2 victory over Celta Vigo on Sunday seemingly sealing the deal.

Real needed to make a decision by Monday – by La Liga rule an interim head coach must not be in place for a period exceeding 15 days – and papers filed to RFEF show that the board have indeed green lit Solari’s stay.

“Everything is in order. Real Madrid have worked out his contract and there are no problems,” the Spanish football federation stated.

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Real Madrid suffer double injury blow through Nacho and Casemiro

Sport360 staff 12/11/2018
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Casemiro

Real Madrid are set to be without Casemiro and Nacho Fernandez for the foreseeable future after both picked up injuries during Sunday’s win over Celta Vigo.

Midfielder Casemiro was replaced 19 minutes into the 4-2 win at Balaidos, while defender Nacho was substituted midway through the second half.

The two players underwent tests on Monday morning, with Madrid confirming Casemiro had suffered a sprained right ankle and Nacho a “dislocation of the internal collateral ligament of the right knee”.

The European champions did not say how long either player is expected to be absent for, but reports in Spain suggest defender Nacho could be sidelined for around two months and midfielder Casemiro for up to four weeks.

That could see Spain international Nacho miss more than a dozen matches, including next month’s FIFA Club World Cup, while Brazil midfielder Casemiro could sit out clashes against the likes of Roma, Valencia and CSKA Moscow.

Madrid’s win over Celta was their fourth victory on the trot under interim coach Santiago Solari and left them sixth in La Liga, four points behind leaders Barcelona.

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