Finally he has some fans behind him. Tomorrow will be Thibaut Courtois’ first public match in 15 months. “Pleasant. But playing in Brussels would have been more fun”, the goalkeeper winked.
A bit like the first day of school feeling. Thibaut Courtois is eager to start the European Championship. Especially since there will be an audience. “It has been since March 2020 that I played with fans again,” laughed the goalkeeper at Ruben Van Gucht.
“Pleasant. Even though it will mainly be Russian supporters. It would have been more fun to play in a new stadium in Brussels.”
Even better than at the World Cup
The Belgians played their last European Championship match against Wales 5 years ago. “But this is not revenge,” Thibaut Courtois began at the press conference. “This is a new tournament and we want to get as far as possible.”
“Whether the European Championship win is a must? This is a team that wants to win. So of course we want to play the final and win, but we can’t look too far ahead. We have to win tomorrow first and then grow in the tournament. to a title is long.”
“It is also not obvious to win a European Championship. There are many good countries. In our head it is only the title that counts, but it is always possible that you bump into a team that is better.”
I think I’ve made some strides in the past year and a half. My foot play in particular is better and I have even more experience.
“The first match at a tournament is always difficult. I don’t know exactly why. You have to survive that. Everyone still plays with the handbrake on and is especially strong defensively. After that it becomes a bit more open anyway because teams have to to win.”
“It will not be easy in Russia and Denmark, but hopefully it will be the start of a good month. I am looking forward to playing for fans again. That gives more adrenaline. I expect a physical match.”
Courtois was named best goalkeeper at the World Cup. “I do think that I have made strides in the last year and a half. My foot play in particular is better and I have even more experience. If you go through a difficult period, you also get better. I feel good and want the performance of Real continue. But individual prizes are never the goal.”