Courtois: Hopefully we’ll score goals



Ivan Rakitic scored the only goal of Saturday’s Clasico with a cleverly chipped finish over Thibaut Courtois and the Belgian stopper made clear his frustrations with his team having not been able to score in either of the two recent clashes with Barcelona.

The former Chelsea goalkeeper was called into action early on in the first half, being forced to make a smart save low to his right from a Luis Suarez shot, but he was no match for the Croatian’s ingenuity.

With his teammates unable to score at the other end, that means another defeat for Los Blancos.

“To win these games you have to score, but we’ve lacked that in both matches,” he admitted in the mixed zone.

“We weren’t able to make that final pass.

“They also saved clear chances, the ball didn’t want to go in.”

With Los Blancos now sat 12 points behind Barcelona in the LaLiga Santander standings, it would appear that the club’s best chance of success would be winning the Champions League once again.

“In the league you have to continue playing well, and fighting until the end,” he said.

“Obviously, you have to give everything in the Champions League.

“Hopefully we’ll score goals in order to continue in that competition.”

Ajax visit the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu on Tuesday, hoping to overturn a 2-1 deficit from the first leg, and Courtois feels as though the Dutch side will approach the clash in a similar way to how Barcelona did on Saturday evening.

“It will similar to the first leg, they played very well,” he added.

“They aren’t going to change much at the Bernabeu, they’re a team that play very well.

“They aren’t afraid to play with the ball, a bit like Barcelona, but hopefully we’ll be strong and qualify.”