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Courtois: "The key to keep winning is that we're still hungry"

   MADRID, 22 Nov.

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Courtois: "The key to keep winning is that we're still hungry"


Real Madrid goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois highlighted the unity that exists in the Merengue dressing room, "one of the best, if not the best" in which he has worked, which makes everyone "fight" for their teammate in "difficult moments", as well how he valued the "hunger" of the squad to want to "win everything every year".

"We are young, there is a good friendship between all of us, we go to dinner together, we do things with couples. The team is very united, in difficult moments, when it was necessary to come back, each one fights for his partner", valued the goal Belgian in an interview with Europa Press, as the protagonist of the official campaign of the Xiaomi 12T Pro, under the slogan 'Moments on another level'.

The goalkeeper, one of the key pieces of this winning Real Madrid, acknowledged that the current one is "one of the best changing rooms" he has been in, "perhaps the best". "It's a pleasure to train every day. It's very important to stay hungry," he added about his coexistence with his teammates.

The goalkeeper was the MVP of the Champions League final last year, with merit saves, actions that he already carried out in the previous qualifiers against PSG, Chelsea and City. His last great year gave him a high status in the white club, an entity in which to succeed "you need to know how to handle the pressure" and "to be able to make those key stops to lead the team to a victory."

"You have the pressure of many madridistas in the world and it's nice, they demand a lot from you and that makes Real Madrid great too," he admitted.

In addition, he is convinced that it will be possible to see "a better Courtois than last year". "Two years ago I didn't have such a ball out, we trained him a lot with Ancelotti, he can look better on you. Football changes, today's goalkeeper is not the same as he was 10-15 years ago. You have to adapt, I'm sure I can improve in some aspects, I always want to improve and learn", explained the goalkeeper who completed 61 saves in the last edition of the Champions League.

And a lot has had to do with the work of Carlo Ancelotti, a coach with whom he is "very comfortable and very comfortable on the field." "You can tell that I feel very good and that helps you play well," he acknowledged. Although he insisted that every coach he has worked with "has been important." "Mourinho, Simeone, Conte... Each one has his own philosophy, we have to adapt," he said.

Likewise, Courtois highlighted the character and attitude of the white squad at a start in which "bumps are normal", because "you cannot always be one hundred percent". "It is not possible for everything, otherwise all the games would be 0-0", he ironized. "One of the keys is that many of us are still hungry, including those who have won a lot, like Karim, Modric, Kroos. We don't relax and we want to continue winning as much as possible every year. After a draw or a defeat, we are all plugged in and we want to show that this is Real Madrid", he stated.

The one in Qatar, the third World Cup for Courtois, will be the first to be played in winter, in the middle of the season, which made the Belgian think that they would arrive "in better condition" at the tournament. "But with so many games in the month of October, we didn't know how we would get there...", he lamented. "It's the beginning of the season and the problem will be if there is a small injury... We all want it, it will be different. Before it was at the end and you could give your body the last shot because then the season was over," he added.

Belgium is framed in Group F and faces its last chance of this 'golden generation' -with names like Hazard, De Bruyne, Lukaku, Carrasco, among others-, and starts as a favorite to lead against Morocco, Croatia and Canada.

Finally, the goalkeeper, the new image of the Xiaomi technology company, stressed that the brand "is top". "Every year we use our mobile phones for even more things, even to watch TV. I believe that no one can take it from us anymore. I can live without it, but we like to be connected and we need a good mobile", he commented on the use of mobile phones.