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Thibaut Courtois.

Real Madrid media lavish praise on Thibaut Courtois after display v Huesca

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Real Madrid are not exactly setting the world alight under the rule of Santiago Solari.

The Argentine was brought in after Julen Lopetegui's disastrous short reign and he has picked up some much-needed wins.

Solari's actually only lost one of his games in charge, which was a 3-0 defeat away at Eibar back in late November.

Nevertheless, Los Blancos simply haven't looked the entertaining force they were under Zinedine Zidane and they still look shaky at the back.

In Sunday's 1-0 win away at Huesca, Solari's side were incredibly lucky to emerge with the three points.

The newly-promoted side had more than enough chances to cancel out Gareth Bale's eighth minute opener.

But they couldn't find it, with Dani Carvajal clearing a shot off the line late on.

Sergio Ramos enjoyed one of his better games of the season, but it was Thibaut Courtois who stole the headlines in the Spanish media.

Real Madrid paper Marca simply couldn't get enough of his performance and their analysis of the Belgian was telling after his shaky start to the season.

Courtois' save

They wrote: "Against Huesca, the goalkeeper contributed as much to the victory for his team as any other player.

"He didn't score but his composure and confidence helped Real to three points in a game that was a difficult one for them.

"The home side threatened with three good chances in particular and on all three occasions, the Belgian stepped up to deny them.

"The saves don't need to be lavish and being in the right place and showing the right reflexes is enough."

Courtois in training

What a turnaround it has been for the former Chelsea man.

With Keylor Navas impressing last season, many were wary of bringing in another goalkeeper in the summer to effectively oust the Costa Rican.

However, the actions of the club have certainly paid off, with Courtois keeping three clean sheets in his last three games.

Topics:
Football
Julen Lopetegui
Dani Carvajal
Keylor Navas
Sergio Ramos
Thibaut Courtois
Zinedine Zidane
La Liga
Real Madrid
Gareth Bale

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