Courtois: It’d be a dream come true to win La Liga
Atletico Madrid goalkeeper, Thibaut Courtois admitted that their recent win over Athletic Bilbao shook up the table as the league is theirs to lose, but becomes an afterthought was they prepare to face fellow La Liga title contenders, Barcelona in their Champions League quarterfinal tie on Tuesday evening at the Camp Nou.
In an interview with Spanish radio station, Onda Cero’s ‘Al Primer Toque’ programme, Courtois spoke about the dramatic 1-2 win over Athletic Bilbao, which could mark a title victory if they win out the remainder of the season.
“The game against Athletic was tough but we did well, three points on a very difficult field. A lot of people thought that we couldn’t have won. San Mames is very difficult. I think it rocked the table. There are seven finals left, there’s a lot left to be played. We take things game by game and that’s the best way to approach it. We have very difficult matches ahead of us, the best is to go game by game, what we’re doing is great.
“We’re taking things game by game and we’ll see where we end up. It would be a dream to win La Liga. We have our feet on the ground. We are humble. We’re close, but we have a few games left, the best is to go step by step.”
Courtois then spoke about the Champions League tie against Barcelona a team they will face in their final match of the La Liga season, which could determine which team celebrates the title.
“When we saw we drew Barcelona, we though it would’ve been better to draw one from another country. All seven teams that we could’ve drawn were very strong, the final will be very evenly matched. Matches against Barcelona are always hard, I think it’s the same for them too, I think the devil will be in the details. If we can get a result in the Camp Nou, in the return leg at the Calderon we’ll give out all and I’m sure we’ll get something. What we’re already getting is very nice. I think Barcelona is the favourite, but we’ll try to get a good result there.
“The situation with Valdes is sad, this injury is happening to a lot of players this year. Just when it’s his last season with Barcelona and with the World Cup so close…I wish him all the best.”
Courtois then concluded by discussing his future and which team he will play for next season.
“I’ll let you know my decision; I’m going to announce it soon. For now, I’m just focused on the games we have left.”