With Real Madrid trailing 2-0 at half time against Club Brugge on Tuesday, Zinedine Zidane took the decision to replace Thibaut Courtois due to the Belgian feeling unwell.
But Courtois had other more pressing problems – the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu crowd, who had started to whistle after the second goal.
The frustrations drew attention to the goalkeeper who had been beaten by two of the three shots on target he faced in the first half.
The Bernabeu decided to stop hiding the discomfort they have with their goalkeeper.
He’s never transmitted good feelings since joining and his situation is all the more difficult because of the love the fans had for Keylor Navas.
Courtois appeared to take some steps forward with clean sheets against Sevilla and Atletico Madrid, but the double blow against Club Brugge brought the problems back to the surface.
Alphonse Areola‘s half time introduction calmed things down somewhat and the Frenchman received the applause of the home fans on two occasions following saves.
He’s now gone 135 minutes without conceding for Real Madrid, putting pressure on Courtois.
Courtois has conceded an average of 1.37 goals per game at Real Madrid, which changes to 1.5 per game at home.
Navas, in his time at the Bernabeu, only conceded an average of 0.98 per game and 0.94 at home.
In 19 games at home so far, Courtois has conceded 24 goals.