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“STELLAR COURTOIS” – Twitter reacts to a Thibaut Courtois masterclass as Real madrid win the Champions League

By Muhammad Butt

Published: 0:04, 29 May 2022

Real Madrid have beaten Liverpool 1-0 in the Champions League final largely thanks to Thibaut Courtois.

The Belgian goalkeeper capped an incredible season for Los Blancos with a superb performance in the showpiece final, delivering victory for his side eight years after his heartbreaking failure with Atlético Madrid in 2014.

Speaking to BT Sport after the game, Courtois said: “Yesterday in the press conference I said that when Madrid plays finals they win. I was on the good side of history.”

“I saw a lot of tweets coming my way that I would get humbled today it was the other way round.”

The Belgian defended his reputation: “Today I needed to win a final for my career, for all the hard work to put respect on my name as I don’t think I get enough respect, especially in England. I saw a lot of criticism even after a great season.”

Courtois says he saw a lot of criticism on twitter, but tonight things were very different as the brilliant Belgian dropped that unreal masterclass. Twitter was stunned, and here’s what they had to say:

Courtois made more saves than any player ever has in a Champions League final:

Sid Lowe caught up with Carlo Ancelotti, who wasn’t surprised at his goalie’s dominance:

Courtois really was remarkably good.

Asif was doubly pleased for the faulty fax machine that kept De Gea at Man Utd:

Euan McTear remarked on Courtois’ excellence despite just how overworked he has been this season:

Roy Nemer recalled the 2014 World Cup when legendary misfit Gonzalo Higuain sealed Argentina’s semi-final berth with a goal past… yup, Thibaut Courtois.

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James Yorke spoke on how ridiculous the xG has been against Real Madrid this season, which only goes to illustrate how good Courtois has been in order to keep the scores low enough that Los Blancos could progress.

Cady Siregar, meanwhile, was just annoyed at how big the Belgian is.

Others simply remarked on Courtois’ excellence:

Matthew Stanger recalled play-off hero Brice Samba:

Kevin Williams noted that, if you’ve been paying attention, Courtois has been playing this well all season:

Greg Evans had Courtois channelling Doctor Strange and performing the Images of Ikkon:

Unsurprisingly, Courtois was voted man of the match for his efforts:

Making him just the third goalkeeper to receive this honour and the first to do so without needing to win a penalty shoot-out:

This completed a great journey for Courtois after losing the 2014 final to Madrid, to winning it in 2022 for Madrid.