It took a while to warm up, but Courtois already demonstrates why Madrid chose him to succeed in the white goal of Keylor Navas, triple Champions League winner. The first games of the course were via crucis for the Belgian, but his current moment is undeniable: he has stopped 19 of the last 21 kicks Madrid have received in LaLiga, 90%.
Courtois's season was one until the Mallorca game (October 19) and another after the defeat at Son Moix. Until this game, including the vermilion team, the Belgian goalkeeper played nine games between LaLiga and Champions, conceded 12 goals and only managed to stop 11 of 23 kicks, 48%. After visiting the Balearic team, Courtois played nine more games, received only four goals and stopped 25 shots from 29, 86%. Until Mallorca, Courtois conceded 1.3 goals per game; after that 0.4. In fact, this meeting at Son Moix was paradigmatic about the evils that haunted the Belgian: he was shot between clubs and ended up in his network.
His good form is helping him to compile global statistics this season not very flashy. At the moment, he has 16 goals conceded in 18 games and 36 stopped kicks 52, 64%. More in line with what Madrid expected of him, the one who whistled during the first half of the match against Bruges at the Bernabéu, after he received two goals in three attempts from the Belgian team.
Today, he also has the opportunity to take revenge after his last two visits to Camp Nou, which he will not be happy to remember: last year, 5-1 with Madrid; and the previous one, 3-0 with Chelsea. The Belgian dispute received nothing for sure: between Atleti, Chelsea and Madrid, he played seven games there: tied three, lost four and received a total of 19 goals …