Real Madrid goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois

Real Madrid goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois talks about the absence of Cristiano Ronaldo

It is absolutely clear that Los Blancos are still suffering the departure of Cristiano Ronaldo from the squad, but the Real Madrid goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois believes the Santiago Bernabeu dressing room is not at all worried about the loss of their former talisman. Ahead of the 2018-19 football season, Cristiano Ronaldo joined the Italian Serie A side Juventus.

He took the transfer option from Spain to Italy as the highest goalscorer of Real Madrid. Following the departure of the Portuguese international from the side, Real Madrid heavily felt his absence and failed to secure any major trophy as of now. On the other hand, Cristiano Ronaldo secured the Supercoppa Italiana trophy with Juventus last month.

Thibaut Courtois with the full Real Madrid squad

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While talking about Cristiano Ronaldo, Thibaut Courtois told Belgian newspaper Het Nieuwsblad “He is not being talked about in the locker room,” and added “It is mainly the press that drops his name. There were matches that we lost in which we got 10 chances but did not score.โ€ He then said “At the same time he scores two for Juventus. Then it’s easy to talk about him.”

He said “If Ronaldo leaves and there is no real top attacker in his place, you know that it will be a difficult year,” and then added, “You take 50 goals away.โ€ The Real Madrid goalkeeper then further said “You hope that Benzema or Bale will score more and partly they do that too. We are making progress in the last few weeks.โ€

Cristiano Ronaldo with the Supercoppa Italiana trophy

Thibaut Courtois said “We have won the Club World Cup, are still active in the Copa del Rey and the Champions League,โ€ and added “Okay, in La Liga we are 10 points behind. But sometimes Barcelona also has difficult matches that they win in the last minute.โ€ He also said “Maybe it’s a bit of a transitional year. For me it does not matter much if the first year is less if the next ones are top.”

Los Blancos goalkeeper then compared his time at Atletico Madrid and said, “At Atletico it did not go well for the first six months either.” He then talked about the success at Atletico and added “Then Simeone came and we were away. Those first six months have already been forgotten by many people.”