Real Madrid’s Defensive Woes Highlight the Absence of Thibaut Courtois

Real Madrid’s 3-1 defeat to Atletico Madrid on Sunday, their first loss of the season, exposed defensive vulnerabilities that have become more apparent in the absence of Thibaut Courtois. All three goals conceded by Real Madrid in the match came from headers, a situation that was less common when the Belgian goalkeeper was guarding the goal.

Critics have pointed out that Courtois excels at claiming crosses, commanding the box, and preventing headers from occurring. The sentiment is not aimed solely at Kepa Arrizabalaga, who stood in for Courtois, but also underscores the defensive lapses that allowed Atletico players so much space in the box.

Real Madrid’s defense struggled to prevent headers and close down attackers effectively. The absence of one of the world’s best goalkeepers has accentuated the team’s defensive weaknesses, making it evident that Courtois plays a pivotal role in organizing and securing the backline.

The defeat against Atletico Madrid served as a stark reminder of the importance of having a goalkeeper of Courtois’s caliber between the posts, highlighting the need for Real Madrid to shore up their defense and adapt in his absence.

Source: Tribuna

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