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How Madrid changed under Solari, says Courtois

Courtois names main difference between Lopetegui and Solari

February 12, 2019 By Oscar Rojas
The Belgian shot-stopper has been Solari's first option under the sticks since his appointment back in October.

Former Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois did not hold back when speaking about has changed for Los Blancos since Julen Lopetegui's sacking earlier in the season.

The former Spain boss seemed to be going nowhere in his efforts to make the Spanish giants a true contender, but Santiago Solari has kept them alive in all competitions, which includes returning the team to the top three clubs in La Liga, reaching the Copa del Rey semis and beginning their UEFA Champions League tie against the Dutch side with high hopes.

Courtois did not earn first-choice goalkeeping duties for Real Madrid under Lopetegui, and with Solari's trust, the Belgian footballer seems to have found the reasons why Los Blancos are thriving and alive in all comps.

"The team is fully committed to a cause. If we have to defend, all 11 players chip in. If we have the ball, we devote ourselves to attack. This team's main quality is its discipline," Courtois said.

"We had an awful month back in October, but now, teams are frightened of facing us. We are alive in all competitions, and we need to summon all of our experience to win tomorrow. No one in the squad believes that the first leg will be an easy game," the footballer added.

Courtois went on to analyze Ajax, a team that managed to escape the Group Stage unbeaten, even if they shared their group with Bayern.

"They signed Blind and Tadic, but they also hade Zyech, De Ligt and De Jong. They know how to play this game, they like to pass the ball around and we have to be wary of their skills," Courtois concluded.

 

Match details, result and original broadcast info

Ajax 1 - 2 Real Madrid

February 13, 2019 3:00pmJohan Cruijff Arena (Amsterdam)

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