“Put some respect on my name!” – Thibaut Courtois calls out critics following top performance in Champions League final

Thibaut Courtois of Real Madrid celebrates after his team win the UEFA Champions League match at Stade de France, Paris

Real Madrid goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois believes he proved his critics wrong with his performance as  Real Madrid defeated Liverpool 1-0 in the Champions League final.

A second-half strike from Vinicius Jr. proved to be the only goal of the game as Real Madrid came out victorious in Paris. Despite coming out runners-up, Liverpool fans will feel they deserved more as they dominated Real Madrid throughout the game. Jurgen Klopp’s men had 24 shots on goal, compared to Los Blancos who managed just four.

And speaking after the game, Courtois believed his side came out on top because they took their chances.

He also went on to call out critics on social media, who claimed before the game he would be ‘humbled’.

Speaking to BT Sport after the game, he said: “When Real Madrid plays finals, they win them. I’m on the right side of history.

“I saw a lot of tweets coming my way, saying I will be humbled. It was the other way round.

“I needed to win this final for my career, for all the hard work I put in, and to put some respect on my name.

“I saw a lot of criticism after a great season that I was not good enough or whatever. I’m just really proud of the performance of the team.

“I think I played a great game today and that was the difference. We had one chance and we scored it.”

Thibaut Courtois reflects on Champions League run

The former Chelsea ‘keeper went on to admit his side had to beat the best to earn the Champions League this season.

Real Madrid faced PSG, Chelsea and Man City before finally beating Liverpool in this season’s run.

The 30-year-old Belgium international admitted that the teams he faced were up there with the best in the world.

He said: “I think we beat the best clubs in the world together with us. You see this year how unbelievable City and Liverpool were this season.

“Liverpool have already won two cups this season. Today again they were really strong.”

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