Courtois speaks highly of Saprissa friendly

The Belgian reflects on Costa Rican friendly & casts an eye towards Super Cup


Courtois kept a clean sheet in Costa Rica

Atlético Madrid’s on-loan goalkeeper, Thibaut Courtois, has spoken highly of the club’s latest preseason opponents, Costa Rican side Saprissa.

The 20-year-old acknowledged he didn’t know much about Saprissa prior to the match, but was surprised at the standard of the contest, likening it to a Europa League match.

“I didn’t know Saprissa because it is far from Europe and it is difficult to follow from there, but they have shown great strength and desire to compete,” Courtois told the press after the match.

“The game was like a league game or Europa League game and that suits us very well. We managed to finish the match with a clean sheet and that is very important. The defense has worked very well.”

The Belgian, an employee of Chelsea, was obviously looking ahead to the UEFA Super Cup, during which he’ll more than likely line up against his future team-mates.

“We still have a friendly and two league games before the Super Cup. We’re improving every day and just focus on the next game,” he said.

The Super Cup final will take place on August 31 at Monaco’s Stade Louis II.

  • Shalak

    There is a big difference between the friendlies and the preparations for this year, and the friendlies of this preseason -.-

  • Shalak

    last preseason*

  • starvs

    Yeah Cholo isn’t fucking around. 3rd place here we come.

  • JimboWithTheDancingShoes

    Well Tello isn’t gonna play first team football next season for Barca so mabye hé is comin’ to us?

  • Yon

    Tello isn’t even good! Hope he stays away! Barcelona scum!

    Dunno why but I still think we will make 1 more signing yet, a good one!

  • Shlomgar

    Signs are we will sell before we’ll buy… Godin is on the line together with Miranda. Don’t know what I think of the subject any more. I kinda liked solid D on last season. Wouldn’t wanna let it go

  • JimboWithTheDancingShoes

    Yeah, Chelsea and City are reportedly ready to lunch in a 11mio. Bid for Godin. City is in most need of an centerback so they just might be desperat enough to buy him. If we sell him will that mabye mean that we Will buy Botia?

  • ali_

    today wrote that if godín leaves his replacement might be rolando from porto (probably too expensive) or bruno alves (more likely). they also wrote that we interested in quaresma, like every year. quaresma’s and bruno’s agent is mendes, so…

  • Javi Lozoya

    Selling Godin would be stupid, even for Gil. True that Godin hasn’t turned out into what most expected, and has even made childish mistakes, but somewhat he his performing for Cholo. I believe Godin can get better and recover his best form. Plus, I don’t like Rolando, Bruno Alves. Not even Botia.
    Truth is if there was a good offer for Godin, knowing Gil, Godin would be sold already.

  • Arjit

    Bruno Alves is a beast! He’s commands the back line how can you not like him? he plays with a lot of passion.

  • Javi Lozoya

    Maybe. But he is 30 while Godin is 26. Godin is beast too in his best form. Too bad he hasn’t reach it. Plus I think the defense is well covered. I think Godin deserves more confidence. He hasn’t had it easy with Atleti. Injuries, bad performances. He needs some support.

  • Arjit

    He’s an older player yes, but if we can get good money off godin and get Bruno on the cheap, it would be a great signing for us! I don’t know if anybody else has followed him over the years but he’s a very solid defender. Also we have a fairly young Miranda, So it’s not like a aging defence. A healthy mix of experience and youth i’d say.

  • Javi Lozoya

    He is very solid indeed but so Godin, in fact Godin is one of the world best defenders, at least with Uruguay… with Atleti is another story, that’s why I hope he stays because he has room for improvement and we haven’t seen the best of him.
    Talking about a mix of experience, that’s why we signed Cata. So I don’t see the need of another CB, but maybe another winger or AM. But if you prefer Bruno that’s perfectly valid. You have your opinion and I respect it.

  • ali_

    i think in quality they are pretty on the same level, yet ofc i prefer godín, cos i dont want any more changes in the defence, and godín is younger. i still hope that an AM/winger will come, but please no quaresma or tello.

  • JimboWithTheDancingShoes

    Okay… the roumors about Godin goes a littels something Like this: City has him A’s an backup if they don’t get Agger from Liverpool and Liverpool Will make a bid on him if they loose Agger and at last Chelsea are interested in him so they they Can get a larger and better squad.