Thibaut Courtois is confident his teammate, Eden Hazard who is yet to play for Real Madrid this season, following a muscle injury he suffered last month, will eventually fond his form back and deliver for the Madrid based club.
Hazard has struggled to cement his place in Zinedine Zidane’s first XI after making an expensive switch from Chelsea last year. Signed on a reported fee of £100million (£86m) from Chelsea, Hazard was expected to immediately hit the ground. This has, however, been slowed by injuries.
His Belgium and Real Madrid teammate, Thibaut Courtois, however, believes the winger will be a key part of Zidane’s side in their quest to defend their Laliga title.
“With Eden, I have no doubts. I am very sure he will deliver. We will see the best of him, ” he showed his confidence. “he is someone I know. He has this will to show his potential. We hope soon he will get the opportunity to prove himself.”
Courtois went on, saying that it is just bad luck for his Belgium teammate, adding that he was already a key part of the squad before he was befallen by series of injuries. According to Courtois, coming from a long injury is never easy for any player, appealing for patience and time for the winger to eventually find his form back.
Just like Hazard, Courtois also joined Real Madrid from Chelsea. During his early days in the Spanish capital, he struggled. He received heavy criticisms from Real Madrid fans and pundits. Nonetheless, he later found his best form within the posts.
He credited his change of form to Zinedine Zidane’s encouragement and patience.
“He always gave me confidence. I did feel that he had lots of trust in me. This was very important, ” he cited.”Sometimes players experience difficult moments in their careers. It becomes a disaster if you don’t get the backing of the coach.”
According to stats by Opta, Courtois’ save percentage in LaLiga rose from 65.4% in his first spell in Real Madrid shirt to last season’s 79.2%. The two percentages achieved after facing a total 302 shots in each of his last two seasons with Real Madrid.
After playing four games this season, Courtois’ save percentage has increased to 86.7% showing his development since making the switch from Chelsea.
It is from this, that the shot-stopper is confident his fellow Belgian will prove an asset to Real Madrid once he shakes off the luckless period he is currently facing.