Thibaut Courtois has claimed he was inspired to win the Champions League final because of the lack of respect he receives — especially in England.Courtois...
Courtois was in phenomenal form on Saturday night, making a series of remarkable saves to give Real Madrid a 1-0 win against Liverpool to win Europe's elite club competition.
The 30-year-old previously played for Chelsea but left in acrimonious circumstances. He had a difficult relationship with the fans after not showing up for pre-season training before his exit in summer 2018.
Now he has suggested he needed to win his first Champions League to "put respect" on his name.
"I said at the press conference yesterday that when Madrid play in finals, they win," Thibaut Courtois told BT Sport.
"I saw a lot of tweets saying I would get humbled. It was the other way round.
"Today I needed to win a final — for my career, for all the hard work, to put respect on my name because I don't think I have enough respect, especially England. I saw a lot of criticism that I was not good enough or whatever.
"I'm just really happy and proud of the performance of the team, and when I needed to be there I was there for the team. We have beaten the best clubs in the world, together with us. Liverpool were very strong today. I think I played a great game and that was the difference."
Courtois and Real won La Liga this season before picking up the Champions League.Thibaut Courtois on Champions League final display: I needed to put respect on my name — especially in England - The Athletic View Story