Thibaut Courtois claims Real Madrid's poor pre-season immaterial after win in La Liga opener

Sport360 staff 10:16 18/08/2019
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Real Madrid custodian Thibaut Courtois praised the performance of his team-mates in their 3-1 win over Celta Vigo and indicated that pre-season results count for little once the league begins.

Los Blancos endured a series of disappointing pre-season results, the most notable of which was a 7-3 hammering by city rivals Atletico Madrid. Zinedine Zidane’s men and the Belgian in particular were subject to heavy criticism for the poor show.

However, the capital club put the disappointment behind them and got off to a flying start in their La Liga campaign with a well-earned 3-1 win at the Balaidos. Courtois claimed that the pre-season results are now immaterial.

“We have worked hard, and at times the results haven’t gone well in pre-season due to various factors,” Courtois admitted after the match, according to Marca.

“Gareth Bale had a great game. La Liga starts from the first day and not before.

“We have worked well this week and played well in the first half. With a player less, we fought together and scored two more goals in the second half.”

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