The goalkeeper of Real Madrid Thibaut Courtois told in an exclusive interview to TVE how it was the first day back to training in the white team after the break by the pandemic of coronavirus and has explained what he expects from the return of the competition, which according to LaLiga president Javier Tebas could occur on June 12 .
"It was good to go back to training a little, but was weird, different, but feeling the grass and training is better than nothing ", said the Belgian keeper, who explained that they follow the protocol by which they have to use "gloves, mask, get off, go up, be two meters from each other, individual training, disinfect everything …"
"Even so, from afar there are the same pitfalls among all, you have to feel that team union and work with the aim of winning the League and trying to be champion", he pointed out after returning "without fear" but with caution: " Fear no, I wanted to return with the caution of the protocol, you do not want to take the virus and pass it on to another person we want the virus to be gone and we can all return to normal as soon as possible. We want to to do our job again. "
“ There are eleven games left and you have to play “
Regarding the future of the competition, Courtois believes that the League must be completed: "For me, a League is played in full season, there are eleven games left and we have to play. The same in extreme cases, such as Liverpool with 25 points of advantage, PSG with 15 … they can be closed, but we s are in full fight with Barça and it would not be fair . You have to play the whole League and not three quarters ".
Regarding the controversy over his words about Barça, the goalkeeper has clarified that "at no time" has he said that Madrid should be proclaimed champion if the League ends: "He was just saying that we were in a better time, but it is a personal opinion, I think we are stronger than Barça ".
"We are Real Madrid and we always fight for everything. We feel very good and everyone has recovered. It would be strange if I did not have confidence in my teammates and my team. There are still difficult games but I will always think like that. It is a final fight that will be different from usual, but we will fight to try to win the League. I think everyone is very focused on that goal, "he added.
"If we have to be focused for safety, we will concentrate"
Looking ahead to that return, Courtois stressed that his compatriot Hazard has become "very fine" and that Marco Asensio "is the one who most wants to train again". He would like to play in full stadiums, but he does not look down on playing at the Alfredo Di Stefano stadium in Valdebebas: "We have our residence, it is easier for us and although we like to play at the Bernabéu, it is what the authorities and the club. Playing in the stadium that has the name of a club legend also 'cool', we are looking forward to playing ".
Regarding the concentrations, Courtois has said he will" what the club asks for. " "If it is for security and we have to be focused, we will concentrate. With the Euro Cup and those tournaments it is our turn, is not the easiest or what we like the most, but it is what they decide to finish the Liga therefore it will have to be for us ", he pointed out.
On the other hand, Courtois, who has stood out during confinement for his skill with video games, has said that he hopes that his games to the F1 or the NBA have served to "entertain the people who were in their homes." "We are proud of the people who have been in his house," he said.