Many had hoped that Thibaut Courtois would soon become Real Madrid’s first-choice goalkeeper after coming on from Chelsea this month, but the Belgian watched from the dugout as the European champions beat Girona 4-1 in the Spanish league on Sunday, a match in which Keylor Navas had a great performance.
Every summer since 2015, Madrid have tried to sign a new starting goalkeeper, but Navas has held on to the job and helped the club win the Champions League three times in a row.
The days of the Costa Rican as the starting goalkeeper for Madrid seemed to be finally counted with the arrival of Courtois in the Spanish capital for 35 million euros (40 million dollars), but so far the coach Julen Lopetegui has maintained his confidence in Navas.
The Central American had already made a good start to the season as Madrid’s first-choice goalkeeper and on Sunday made a magnificent display to ensure that his team remained at the top of the league table.
His performance even raised doubts about when Courtois will have his chance, as at this level it will be difficult for Lopetegui to get his current number one out of the starting eleven.
“We’ve tried to explain it. It is clearly not easy to understand but it is easy to explain. I have two great goalkeepers, three with Kiko Casilla, and they are not problems, but solutions. We will be deciding day by day,” said Lopetegui after the win over Girona.
This is the first time Courtois has been on the bench for the first two games of a league since he was 17 years old and playing for his country’s Genk in 2009.