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Courtois lets loose after Real Madrid’s 3-2 UCL defeat to Leipzig

The Real Madrid goalkeeper was furious with Madrid’s defending in their Champions League loss

Joe Brennan
Soccer Football - Champions League - Group F - RB Leipzig v Real Madrid - Red Bull Arena, Leipzig, Germany - October 25, 2022 Real Madrid's Thibaut Courtois reacts REUTERS/Annegret Hilse

We can’t play that way. The manager warned us and I was scared of it happening.” Belgian goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois was furious during his post match interview after his side fell to a disappointing 3-2 defeat to RB Leipzig.

The German side, who currently sit eighth in the Bundesliga, inflicted Madrid’s first defeat of the season. Marco Rose’s side forced Madrid into playing one of their worst games in recent times with a relentless press all over the pitch.

And Courtois was not ready to hold back afterwards, saying “if someone is tired and can’t do anymore, then that’s that. But as the goalkeeper, I’ve noticed that we’ve lost a lot of battles and we can’t do that.”

While RB Leipzig didn’t stop running for 90 minutes, the opposite occurred with Madrid. Courtois let his feelings be known regarding intensity, saying “[Madrid] weren’t in the game. We lost duels and that was due to a lack of intensity.”

What Ancelotti had to say

On the other hand, boss Carlo Ancelotti was typically graceful in his assessment. “I’m not angry,” he said, “sooner or later [the end of the unbeaten streak] had to arrive, the team has done well until now. You learn more in one defeat than you do in ten straight wins.”

On Courtois’ comments, Ancelotti refused to be drawn into a power game, saying “each person can have their own opinion.”

Madrid can still top the group if they beat Celtic next week at the Bernabéu.

Check out how the match was lost in our live feed.