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Courtois talks Hazard, Benzema, Celtic Park atmosphere after Real Madrid win 3-0 in UCL

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Real Madrid kickstarted the defence of their UEFA Champions League crown in a perfect manner as they defeated Scottish champions Celtic 3-0 at Parkhead in a Group F encounter.

After a tight first half when the hosts put up a solid fight, Real Madrid turned it up a notch after the break as goals from Vinicius Junior, Luka Modric and Eden Hazard ensured that Carlo Ancelotti’s side picked up all three points on Tuesday night.

The only disappointment on the night for Los Blancos was the injury to club captain and main striker Karim Benzema, who had to be taken off just half an hour into the game.

Speaking about the same after the game, goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois said: “We don’t know anything about Benzema’s injury. After one corner, I passed the ball to him and he was struggling with his knee.

“Benzema never takes risks with injuries. If he feels uncomfortable, he asks to get subbed off immediately. We hope the injury is nothing serious.”

The Belgian international was also full of praise for his compatriot Eden Hazard, who took his chance after replacing Benzema and capped off a fine display with a goal.

“Hazard showed that he can be relied on and deserves to play,” Courtois said. “Hazard is a very important player to us. After his penalty miss vs Celta, he did not play very much but he changed the game vs Celtic and had a fantastic performance.”

Talking about the team’s performance on the night, Courtois added:  “The first half was tough going, they made a very strong start and there was an amazing atmosphere inside here.

“Within the first couple of minutes, they’d already had two corners, a shot that Militão or the post got in the way of to save us.”

On the turnaround after half-time, he said: “We then began to find our tempo and worked out how best to handle them and we improved as the minutes ticked by. We dominated things in the second half. It was a deserved win. Had they scored early on, it would have been more of a struggle for us.”

Courtois was also full of praise for the atmosphere created by the home fans at Celtic Park on the night, as he said: “It’s a stadium I love coming to. On Matchday 1 of the Champions League, it’s been a fantastic atmosphere, always positive and getting behind their team. They applauded us as well.

“That’s the beauty of football. It’s a pleasure to have played here and to be coming away with the win.”

Source: Real Madrid official website

3 Comments

3 Comments

  1. David Russell

    September 7, 2022 at 3:46 pm

    In Elite European games Chances Must be taken,when playing thee Best Team on the Planet.
    Celtic had two good chances in 1st half, but alas, it wasn’t to be. Kudos to Real for their 2nd half performance.
    Celtic will bounce back. These young players can/will improve.hh🍀

  2. Scott Brown

    September 7, 2022 at 6:06 pm

    Well said keeper what a 1st half performance by celtic ,but when modric came on to his game real were outstanding, just wish callam the captains shot hit the post I was gutted aweel real deserved it in the end up,HH YNWA

  3. Tommy Kennedy

    September 8, 2022 at 8:51 am

    It was a joy to be at CELTIC PARK and welcome REAL MADRID and we competed well until we tired and the SUPERSTARS picked us off but it was still a pleasure.

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Arsenal boss requests €25 million-rated Real Madrid attacker

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Marco Asensio is among the players who are facing an uncertain future at Real Madrid as we approach the second half of the campaign.

The attacker’s current deal at Santiago Bernabeu expires at the end of the season. And despite showing glimpses of his potential during the course of this campaign, his continuity in the Spanish capital is far from guaranteed.

According to Fichajes, Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta has urged the club to push for an operation to sign Asensio at the end of the season.

The Spanish tactician has identified Asensio as an ideal candidate to reinforce his ranks in the attacking unit. The Real Madrid star, after all, brings in a wealth of experience, having featured in over 260 competitive matches for Los Blancos.

The forward’s tally of 53 goals and 29 assists is not bad by any means either. And given his versatility in the final third of the pitch, he could be a useful addition for Arsenal in the coming season.

But the Real Madrid camp will not too keen on offloading their star player. The club have been impressed by the attacker’s performance, which could potentially lead to a renewal offer later this year.

However, it must be noted that Real Madrid are yet to table any official offer for the attacker. In fact, it is Arsenal who have started laying the groundwork and are expected to meet the player’s agent, Jorge Mendes, in London to discuss a potential move to Emirates Stadium.

It appears Liverpool are in the mix as well, though Arsenal remain the favourite due to the presence of Mikel Arteta. Barcelona, too, had showcased interest in signing Asensio in the summer, so it will be interesting to see what the future holds for the Spaniard in the coming months.

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