‘They’re trying to get you out of the game’: Thibaut Courtois adds to the growing criticism of Getafe’s no-nonsense playing style after Real Madrid’s hard-fought victory to put them four points above LaLiga
- Getafe has surprised many this season, but has received quite a bit of criticism
- Sergio Ramos’ penalty kick resulted in a hard-fought victory, which put them on pole for the title
- Real Madrid struggled with Getafe’s no-nonsense, physical approach
- Thibaut Courtois wanted to emphasize the ‘intense’ playing style on the other side
Thibaut Courtois is the latest player to criticize Getafe’s style of play after Real Madrid’s hard-fought 1-0 win over Jose Bordalas on Thursday.
A penalty from Sergio Ramos 11 minutes before the end resulted in a vital win for Los Blancos in a nervous game in which Madrid struggled to cope with the high intensity and urgent play of the visitors.
Getafe was the surprise package in LaLiga this season and is in sixth place, but was criticized for their no-nonsense, physical approach.
Thibault Courtois is the latest star to question Getafe’s no-nonsense playing style after Real Madrid won a hard-fought victory as they struggled to face the intensity of the away game
Barcelona midfielder Frenkie de Jong previously claimed it ‘bothered’ him about playing the Azulones and said they ‘didn’t want to entertain the fans’.
In his post-game interview with Movistar, Courtois wanted to emphasize the full frontal playing style of the away game.
“We know what kind of game they are playing. Every team has its style and it works for them.
“The key against Getafe is not to get carried away with the mistakes that make you talk to the referee because they are trying to get you out of the game and you have to focus on your game, which we did.
Getafe wanted to suppress Real Madrid’s momentum in the game through a physical approach
Courtois emphasized the way the away team put them under pressure from mistakes
“They play a very intense game, put pressure on you, and they don’t let you develop your game.
“They do that very well, that’s why they have a good year, play with their style, win points with their pressure and crossing, that’s their game.”
Bordalas has previously shed criticism of his physical style by saying ‘our taste is not for everyone, but many people give us the merit we deserve’.
The victory for Madrid puts them in pole position for their 34th LaLiga title after Barcelona’s draw with Atletico Madrid.
Meanwhile, Getafe still have a chance at a place in the Champions League, as they are five points behind Sevilla in fourth place with five games to play.
Sergio Ramos penalty kick 11 minutes from time ensured a vital victory for Madrid in the LaLiga title race