NEWS STORY. 16/01/2022
Real Madrid clinched their first trophy of the campaign as they overcame Athletic Club to win the Spanish Super Cup. Thibaut Courtois, who spectacularly saved the penalty in the 88th minute, had the following to say: “This trophy win comes down to all the hard work we have put in. After the defeat against Getafe maybe questions were asked of us, but we beat Valencia, won the Clásico and now today. We have to keep this up. On Thursday we have an important game in the cup against Elche and we want to reach the final. They’ve beaten Villarreal and will be tough to beat”.
“Athletic are tough opponents who defend well. We play more organised and they grew into the game. We almost scored an own goal and then there was the penalty. I intended to leave a foot there and my reflexes with the leg were good enough to keep it out”.
“If they’d scored the penalty there would’ve been seven or eight minutes of high tension. We were down to ten men and they would’ve pressed to take the game to extra-time. But it worked out for us in the end. We’re delighted to win the Super Cup and we hope more will come”.
Praise from the club president
“Thanks a lot. I just try to keep doing what is expected of me and please the madridistas, which is what means the most to me. I try to keep winning with the team”.
Lucas Vázquez: “We deserved to win”
“It was really important to win this trophy. We have to keep working hard to win more come the end of the season. The team played well and did a great job. The plan was to dominate possession and that’s what we did. We control the game and dominated from start to finish. We knew that to win a trophy you always have to suffer a bit and Courtois’s penalty save was really important. We’re delighted”.
"We've got a very good squad. We know what we need to do to keep winning trophies and we're going to carry on working hard so the team can demonstrate how good it is. All coaches have their own way of doing things. We're enjoying a good season and we'll carry on fighting until the end. We've got another very important game in the Copa del Rey on Thursday. It's non-stop".
Starter in the final
"I'm happy to be have the chance to play in this sort of match, hopefully I'll be able to play in a lot more of them. 13 titles is a very nice number and all that motivates me is to continue adding to it".