SPAIN – Real Madrid manager, Zinedine Zidane, has given reasons he replaced goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois with Alphonse Areola at half-time, during their 2-2 draw with Club Brugge on Tuesday.
Courtois conceded twice in the opening 45 minutes and did not appear after the interval.
Zidane told reporters after the match: “Courtois is in a bad way and could not continue for the second half.
“He is the Real Madrid goalkeeper alongside Areola.
“Everyone can have an opinion; I am not going to get involved. We all need to be ready, like he was in the past three matches. I am not worried at all. He wants to do well.
“We can blame Thibaut, but here we are all in this together and I am the main culprit. For this, I am happy with the second half reaction. At half-time, I said if we carried on like that, we would lose the match and we had 45 minutes to change the result.
“We produced a bad first half but, in the second, we had a better attitude, went in search of the victory and changed the match. We had more heart and courage.”