Thibaut Courtois is one of the best goalkeeper in the world and he has demonstrated this throughout his career. He has done at Atletico Madrid from 2011 to 2014 and at Chelsea from 2014 to 2018 and he still does with the Belgian national team. But not at Real Madrid.
The Real Madrid fans still haven’t been able to enjoy the true level of the Belgian. In the Club Brugge draw, he wasn’t responsible for the team’s latest setback, but he could have done more at both goals. He was far from saving his team, which is what is demanded of him. At the end of the game, Casemiro spoke about Club Brugge only having a couple of chances. Without mentioning that Emmanuel Dennis struck the ball poorly at both attacks, it’s true that both went in.
In Courtois‘ defence, you could argue that it was difficult last season. But a comparison shows that he conceded 48 goals in 35 matches (1.37 per game) and that Keylor Navas conceded 21 in 21 (1.00 per game) when he played. Moving away from stats to the eye test, Courtois doesn’t give off the same impression that Jan Oblak or Marc-Andre ter Stegen do for Atletico Madrid or Barcelona. It is also true that the excessive confidence of Marcelo, Sergio Ramos and Dani Carvajal doesn’t help.
In summary, Courtois hasn’t started his Real Madrid career well. Yet there is still time to fix this. He has talent and Zinedine Zidane made clear in the summer that there won’t be a goalkeeping debate this year.
That said, the coach can’t prevent the murmurs of the Bernabeu, with the crowd whistling the goalkeeper during Tuesday’s match because they know he can be a lot better.