The Belgian could do little to stop any of the four goals he conceded on the night, with three of them coming from the spot – one of which he stopped before a retake was ordered – and another from his teammate, Raphael Varane.

Courtois thinks that Real Madrid started the match well

Thibaut Courtois cut a frustrated figure after a 4-1 defeat that Real Madrid suffered at Mestalla on Sunday night, with the goalkeeper feeling that sure antics of the opposition played a role in the penalties against his team. The Belgian could do little to stop any of the four goals he conceded on the night, with three of them coming from the spot – one of which he stopped before a retake was ordered – and another from his teammate, Raphael Varane. “Three penalties against, the second goal from bad luck… I don’t know, I think we started well, sometimes it happens a little with us that we do not move up the service together and we are caught a little from behind, but Valencia haven’t created chances,” he said after the game.

There was a foul on Marco Asensio

“The first penalty is a penalty, and it’s bad luck. I don’t know why it was retaken. The second goal is bad luck; at half time, we were motivated to break it. As soon as I started, I make a save, which goes onto the post, and then two penalties. Maxi Gomez screams more, but the way VAR gives penalties… “There was a foul on Asensio in the build-up to the second goal. I heard him in the dressing room, but in the dressing room you can’t change anything,” Courtois argues that Real Madrid’s inability to make it a smoother contest was more down to luck than a bad performance.

The reason for the defeat is not the philosophy of the coach

“We had chances to score, but the ball didn’t want to go in. We are more offensive in the press, higher than the field, and so we can miss a goal like the one against Huesca when they scored from a long ball, we have to show the unity we did right away after quarantine when we were barely letting in goals”. There were many changes to the starting lineup from Zinedine Zidane and quite a few that can be questioned in hindsight, but Courtois doesn’t feel that it is a reason for the defeat. “The philosophy of the coach is that we have 25 players in the squad and that we know how to play 25, we usually rotate and the season is long, I don’t think this is the reason for the defeat,” he stated.

“There are some players who weren’t there. But those who played did well now is a good time to leave this game behind. Difficult games are coming, with Villarreal and Inter.”