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‘I won us the final’ – Thibaut Courtois demands ‘respect in England’ after NINE saves in Champions League final heroics


THIBAUT COURTOIS roared “I won us the Champions League final” as the Real Madrid keeper demanded more “respect in England”.

The former Chelsea stopper was in stunning form against Liverpool and was man-of-the-match as his NINE saves helped earn Madrid a 1-0 victory.

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Thibaut Courtois has demanded more ‘respect’ after his amazing Champions League final performance[/caption]

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Courtois made a string of incredible saves to deny Liverpool[/caption]

Courtois made NINE saves as he was Real Madrid’s hero in Paris
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And the Belgian was in bullish mood as he delivered his post-match thoughts to BT Sports.

Courtois roared: “Yesterday I said when Real Madrid plays in the finals we win it. We have a good set of history. 

“I had all the tweets coming my way that I would get humbled. Today it was the other way around. 

“I needed to win a final for my career for all my hard work and to put respect on my name because I don’t think I have enough respect, especially in England. 

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“I saw a lot of criticism after a great season that I was not good enough. I’m just really proud of the performance from the team and when I needed to be there I was there for the team. 

“We have beaten the best clubs in the world. This year, City and Liverpool were unbelievable this season fighting till the end in the Premier League. 

“Liverpool won two cups and today they were really strong but I think I played a great game and that was the difference today because we had one chance and we scored it.”

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Courtois certainly silenced his doubters on Saturday with a performance that will go down in Champions League final history.


The Belgian made copious amounts of saves to deny Mo Salah, Sadio Mane and Luis Diaz throughout the game.

And Courtois’ best effort came just 20 minutes in when Mane unleashed a piledriver at goal.

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But Courtois used every inch of his 6ft 7in frame to turn the ball onto the post.

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The former Chelsea man left English football on a sour note in 2018 when he joined Los Blancos.

But having knocked his old side out in the quarters, while also beating Man City in the semis, Courtois made it a hat-trick of English clubs to fall at the wayside by playing a key role against Liverpool.

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