Atlético Madrid goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois, on loan from Chelsea, had a forgettable Madrid derby debut having been sent off after just 20 minutes of play at the Bernabéu Saturday.
“The match changed when we ended up 10 against 11,” the 19-year-old told Atleti’s official site after the 4-1 loss.
“For Real it was easier with the 1-1 and an extra man. In the second half, they were able to score three more goals against us. In derbies, one of the teams can always end up at a disadvantage, but I don’t understand how he could send off Godín and me.
“I don’t know if they should’ve been reds, but they are the referee’s decisions. I’m disappointed because we started the match off well, with 20 very good minutes.”
The 2010/11 Belgian Goalkeeper of the Year felt that los Rojiblancos had a fighting chance to take home some points had he remained in the game.
“If I had not been dismissed by the referee we could’ve won here or at least tied because we played well, with aggressiveness,” he said.
“I personally don’t think it should’ve been a red card.”
Courtois’ teammate and backup Sergio Asenjo, who on Saturday made his first official appearance with Atleti since May of 2010, felt Lahoz acted rashly.
The referee “pulled out the red card too fast. He should’ve thought about it a little more because you can’t ruin a match in tenths of a second,” Sergio said.
“With the 1-0 in the Bernabéu and the team playing at a high level, the dismissal arrives and our work goes to the garbage. We have to take a positive lesson from the team’s incredible level during the first 20 minutes. Later, it got very difficult with the numerical disadvantage.”
Asenjo continued: “The effort and work of the team on the pitch was flawless. If we go to every stadium with this work rate and aggressiveness, we are certain to net many points. The team has shown that when we have desire and we run and fight, we are difficult to beat.”
The 22-year-old was pleased to finally be able to put his latest recovery from a knee injury behind him.
“I felt good,” Asenjo said.
“On the one hand, I’m happy for having done everything it took to be able to forget this bad patch in my career. From the bad, we take a positive note. From now on, I will take on everything that comes along in a different way.
“I see myself capable of being in goal.”