“Others Only Play From Saturday to Saturday”: Madrid’s Courtois Aims Dig at Barcelona

“Others Only Play From Saturday to Saturday”: Madrid’s Courtois Aims Dig at Barcelona

Godwin Nii Armah Tagoe
April 16, 2023 at 7:19 AM
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  • Thibaut Courtois has aimed a subtle jab at Barcelona
  • The Real Madrid goalie used his side's packed fixture list to mock their rivals
  • Los Blancos are still in the running for the treble this season, reaching the final of Copa del Rey while having one foot in the semifinal of the Champions League and could also win the La Liga

Real Madrid goalkeeper, Thibaut Courtois, has taken a swipe at FC Barcelona on the back of his side's hard-fought victory against Cadiz on Saturday, April 15.

The Belgian custodian manned the post for Los Blancos, who had to dig deep to beat relegation-threatened Cadiz 2-0 and, most importantly, eat into Barcelona's lead at the top of La Liga.

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Real Madrid's Thibaut Courtois appears to have taken a dig at Barcelona. Photo credit: @brfootball
Source: Twitter

With nine games to spare, Madrid still have a mathematical chance of retaining the league title however, the point gap between Carlo Ancelotti's charges and the Catalan giants makes it less attainable, per Eurosport.

Reflecting on his side's win and their chances of winning the league, Courtois admitted the gulf of difference between Madrid and their eternal rivals but also aimed a dig at Barca.

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"There is a long distance in points with Barcelona, but we still have the Copa del Rey final and we play during the week. Others only play from Saturday to Saturday," he said as quoted by Sportskeeda.

Barca, on the other hand, have the opportunity to restore their 13-point gap at the summit of the table when they take on Getafe at the Coliseum Alfonso Perez on Sunday, April 16.

Madrid earn a hard-fought win

Real Madrid were made to wait but eventually conjured a stylish 2-0 victory at Cadiz on Saturday in La Liga, ahead of their Champions League trip to face Chelsea, Sports Brief reported.

Nacho Fernandez and Marco Asensio struck to help champions Madrid cut Barcelona's lead at the top of the table to 10 points before the Catalans face Getafe on Sunday.

Both sides hit the woodwork in the first half, but Madrid overran their opponents, with only Cadiz goalkeeper David Gil keeping them at bay.

Madrid boss targets Barca legend

Sports Brief also reported that Real Madrid manager, Carlo Ancelotti, has insisted that Lionel Messi is not the best footballer in history.

Having led Argentina to victory at the Qatar 2022 FIFA World Cup in December, many football fans and pundits have touted him as the greatest of all time.

But the seven-time Ballon d'Or winner is yet to convince the Italian tactician, who has named three football greats who are ahead of Messi.

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Godwin Nii Armah Tagoe
Godwin Nii Armah Tagoe is a Ligue 1, Bundesliga, and La Liga editor with five-year experience. He previously worked with Sports Corna and 360SportsGH.