Zidane happy for Courtois after Champions League win

first_imgReal Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane expressed his happiness for Thibaut Courtois after he kept his first Champions League clean sheet of the season. The Belgian made three saves on Tuesday as Real saw off Galatasaray 1-0 at the Turk Telekom Stadium for their first group win. Zidane’s side had previously conceded five goals across their first two games, losing 3-0 to PSG before behind held to a 2-2 draw against Club Brugge.  Article continues below Editors’ Picks Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Are Chelsea this season’s Ajax? Super-subs Batshuayi & Pulisic show Blues can dare to dream Time for another transfer? Giroud’s Chelsea spell set to end like his Arsenal career Courtois’ performances in goal have been cast under increasing scrutiny this season with the former Chelsea number one failing to convince fans he’s capable of stepping up at the Santiago Bernabeu.Zidane has however stuck with the Belgian in goal and was relieved to see him claim a much-needed clean sheet on Tuesday.  “I’m happy for Courtois, we all are,” Zidane said post-match. “He is our goalkeeper, he has been good today and we have won the game, which was important.”We know we have to improve. We had many chances to score, we didn’t and we struggled.”This is Madrid, we have to keep working. We have to congratulate the players because the people who saw the game has to be proud of them.”Despite questions being asked of Courtois between the sticks, the man himself has never lost faith in his own abilities. “I never doubted myself, I know what kind of goalkeeper I am and I’m only interested in the constructive criticism of my teammates and the coach,” Courtois told Movistar Plus. “I think it was an important game, we had to win to gain oxygen and continue in the Champions League. We were fine from the beginning although they had two chances that I stopped well.”While boasting less possession in Turkey, Real should have done better in front of goal as they unleashed 26 shots but only found the back of the net once via Toni Kroos in the 18th minute. Zidane handed young players Federico Valverde and Rodrygo starts against Galatasaray with the manager admitting both were gambles but ultimately justified themselves. “Valverde is playing well, he is a good kid and I’m happy for him,” Zidane said. “Rodrygo was a coach’s choice, we had to bet on him and we did.”last_img read more

Deputy SecretaryGeneral Malloch Brown visits Baghdad for talks on new compact

Deputy United Nations Secretary-General Mark Malloch Brown today conferred with Iraqi leaders in Baghdad on a new partnership with the international community, the proposed International Compact for Iraq aimed at consolidating peace and pursuing political, economic and social development over the next 5 years. Mr. Malloch Brown, who arrived in Baghdad yesterday at the Government’s invitation, met with President Jalal Talibani, Vice Presidents Adel Abdel Mahdi and Tariq Al-Hashimi, Prime Minister Nouri Al Maliki, Deputy Prime Minister Barham Salih, and a host of key Iraqi political leaders and members of the international donor community. The primary focus of the Compact will be to build a framework for Iraq’s economic transformation and integration into the regional and global economy. Discussions focused on the Government’s setting up of a Preparatory Group, which it will co-chair with the UN, to help with preparations for the Compact with strong support from the World Bank in coordination with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and other regional financial institutions. It will include key members of the international donor community. The Preparatory group will report directly to Deputy Prime Minister Barham Saleh and the Mr. Malloch Brown. “The Government of Iraq regards the international compact as a critical process for the country’s future development,” the UN Assistance Mission in Iraq (UNAMI) said in a statement. “The Compact will build on the achievements of the Iraqi people and provide an opportunity to develop a broader international consensus of support and engagement with Iraq to bring about its economic transformation and realize its best economic potential for the sake, wellbeing and prosperity of the Iraqi people.” read more

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