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King Courtois

Thibaut Courtois is a king in LaLiga Santander and across the continent as well.

No goalkeeper has conceded fewer goals than Real Madrid’s Belgian since LaLiga Santander and Europe’s other elite leagues returned to action in June.

In the 14 games he’s played since the pandemic, Courtois has boasted phenomenal numbers and statistics which have proven impossible for any of his fellow goalkeepers to match.

Ten of those 14 came in 2019/20, with the other four opening this current campaign, and Courtois has remarkably kept nine clean sheets in those games.

Valencia, Mallorca, Espanyol, Getafe, Athletic Club, Alaves, Real Sociedad, Valladolid and Levante all failed to score past him, with just six goals being scored in the five other matches.

That data ranks him slightly above Atletico Madrid’s Jan Oblak, who is the only goalkeeper within touching distance of the Belgian.

Oblak has kept eight clean sheets in those 14 games, conceding seven goals.

It was the Slovenian who lost out on his Zamora Trophy to Courtois last season, having won it for the previous four campaigns.

Marc-Andre ter Stegen’s injury has left him out of the battle momentarily, but before undergoing surgery he had kept six clean sheets in 10 games, conceding seven goals.

Outside of Spain, Manuel Neuer is an obvious comparison.

The Champions League winner was in fine form in 2019/20, but he has kept six clean sheets and conceded 12 goals in 10 games since football’s return.

Manchester City’s Ederson is another, who has conceded 11 goals and kept seven clean sheets in 13.

These statistics point towards one clear winner.

Courtois has been Europe’s best goalkeeper since football came back from the pandemic and his importance to Real Madrid has only grown.

He has continued to grow into the side in 2020/21, keeping three clean sheets in four games this season, helping the side to top the table.

This recent form couldn’t have come at a better time, either, with Real Madrid struggling more than ever in front of goal at the other end of the pitch and it’s not a leap to say that they wouldn’t have been crowned Spanish champions without the Belgian at the back last season.

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