Real Madrid goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois has stated that his side will not use their growing injury concerns as an excuse after their La Liga title hopes were dented with a goalless draw away to Getafe on Sunday.
Zidane was able to name only 13 outfield players for the game and Los Blancos can count themselves fortunate to have left the game with a point and are now three points behind league leaders and local rivals Atletico Madrid with seven games left to play.
After the game, Courtois spoke with the club’s official television channel:
“You find strength in adversity and now is not the time to cry about all the players we have missing. We have to stand tall. Every player who is at Real Madrid is here for a reason”
“We are a little disappointed with the point but it’s not easy when you’re playing so many games.”
Casemiro and Nacho Fernandez were suspended for the game while a fresh injury to Ferland Mendy depleted the side more. Federico Valverde also had no part to play in the game after a close contact tested positive for coronavirus.
Zidane had no chance but to call on youngsters like Sergio Arribas and Antonio Blanco from the bench after they played 90 minutes for Real’s reserve side a day before.
Courtois added: “We might be stretched to the limit right now but we were not thinking too much about it. We just have to recover well and rest well, that’s all we can do.”
Meanwhile, Atletico Madrid thrashed Eibar 5 nil as they bounced back after stuttering in recent games that have given the chasing pack some hopes of a fightback for the race.
Hopefully, the injured players will return in time and help them fight for the La Liga title as well as for a place in the UEFA Champions League title when they face Chelsea.