‘We deserved the win and we win it’s – Courtios on Madrid win


Real Madrid beat Barcelona 3-1 at the Camp Nou following two consecutive defeats at the hands of Cadiz and Shakhtar Donetsk, and Thibaut Courtois has stressed that he and his team-mates should do their best regardless of who they play against. The Belgian put in another solid performance, making some great saves to help Real Madrid secure all three points at the Camp Nou and extend the gap between the two clubs in LaLiga Santander to six points.

“This shirt and badge deserve to be fought for and valued in every game,” Courtois said after the match against Barcelona. “Today we did it because we came from two difficult and bad games. Today we put in a lot of desire and ran a lot. “It was not an easy week. In the game against Cadiz we did not start well and it was difficult. We did not do our best. “And against Shakhtar we were good until we conceded the goals. Then in the second half we put in our will and courage. Today we played a good match.”

Fede Valverde gave Real Madrid the lead but after Ansu Fati’s equaliser, Los Blancos managed to react, Ramos giving them back the lead in the second half. Courtois noted that the team should be content about the result but focus on the upcoming Champions League match against Borussia Monchengladbach on Tuesday. “We scored a goal, which was what we wanted,” Courtois added. “Then they equalised, with [Jordi] Alba’s strength and wide runs.

“The game was even; I made a good save and Neto [did] too. There were great chances in the second half. We scored the penalty and then we were able to score the third before, but Neto made some good saves. “This victory fills us with confidence after two games in which people could doubt us. The key when things go a little bad is to stay together. “Now we don’t have to be very excited. We have to be happy but think about the Tuesday [game against Borussia Monchengladbach].”