Zinedine Zidane reveals why Thibaut Courtois was dropped for Real Madrid’s win against Celta Vigo

Thibaut Courtois was on the bench for Zinedine Zidane’s first game back for Real Madrid (PA Images)

Zinedine Zidane has revealed that he dropped Thibaut Courtois for Real Madrid’s 2-0 win over Celta Vigo because he wants Keylor Navas to ‘feel important’.

Zidane secured a victory in his first match since returning as manager this week as second-half goals from Isco and Gareth Bale were enough to see off Celta at the Santiago Bernabeu.

But before the match, Zidane made the surprise decision to omit Courtois from the starting line-up and give Navas only his fourth La Liga appearance of the season.

And Zidane admits the Costa Rica international should have been given more playing time this season.

‘Keylor… I like him but I like Courtois as well,’ said Zidane.

‘Thibaut has shown that he is a great goalkeeper but I want Keylor to feel important too.

Sergio Ramos and Keylor Navas kept a clean sheet as Real Madrid sealed a 2-0 win over Celta Vigo (Getty Images)

‘I haven’t forgotten what he’s accomplished here. He’s played less until now and he should play [more often].

‘The same goes for Marcelo as what I said about Keylor.

‘It does not matter if it’s Courtois, Reguilon or the one who took Isco’s place.

‘What I want is to get all the players back to their level.

‘Today Keylor played, and Thibaut will play too, and we have Luca as third keeper.

‘Madrid need two, three, four great keepers. So the coach always has the problem, but I will count on both until the end of the season, then we will see.’


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