Courtois vs Oblak: two of the best goalkeepers face off in the Madrid derby

Courtois vs Oblak: two of the best goalkeepers face off in the Madrid derby

The Madrid derby is approaching, with Real Madrid hosting neighbors Atlético Madrid at the Santiago Bernabéu on 1 February. As always, this fiery fight is expected to see a showdown between many of the best players in the league, including the clash between two goalkeepers who are considered among the best in the world. This is about Real Madrid goalkeeper Tebo Courtois and Jan Oblak, the Goalkeeper of Atlético Madrid.

Oblak has won four times the best goalkeeper award in la Liga

It is enough for fans to watch Oblak on the pitch to realize that the Slovenian goalkeeper is unique, drawing attention in almost every match. But the 27-year-old also has statistics that make him the goalkeeper.

On the statistical side, Oblak has been the best goalkeeper in la Liga season after the last four years, repeatedly winning the award for the goalkeeper, whose net has received the lowest percentage of goals in every game he has played, with a total of at least 28 games.

Although Oblak is said to be assisted by Atlético's solid line of defense, there is no denying that this goalkeeper has won the award four times in a row. If we go back to the 2018/19 season, a period during which Diego Simeone's defenders suffered successive injuries, the team's defense numbers remained the best in the league, especially thanks to Oblak's performance, which was repelling hard balls one by one, as he intervened in a lightning strike to repel impossible balls under the eyes of the incredible Wanda Metropolitano Stadium supporters.

Currently, Oblak is on his way to winning the best goalkeeper of the season for the fifth time. If he does, he will be at the level of Barcelona legends Antoni Ramallets and Víctor Valdés, the only two goalkeepers to have won this prestigious award five times.

Courtois: Goalkeeper enjoys a great season

Courtois also knows what it means to win the best goalkeeper award in la Liga. Suffice it to say that he won this award when he wore the Atletico Madrid shirt twice, in the 2013 and 2014 seasons, when he was playing on a loan contract in the capital between 2011 and 2014.

The Belgian international is currently leading the league's top goalkeepers until mid-season. He has conceded only 10 goals in 17 games, bringing Courtois' goal-scoring percentage per game this season to 0.59, followed by Athletic Bilbao goalkeeper Unai Simón with 0.67 goals, with 12 goals in 18 games, and in third place Oblak at 0.70, with 14 goals in 20 games.

What is to the satisfaction of Real Madrid supporters as the derby approaches are that Courtois' performance is improving further and further over time. He has been him personal and statistically best performance in the past two or three months, and he is confident that he is trying to break the record for the goalkeeper he made up for at Atletico Madrid.

How do they compare in the Madrid derby?

It is said that the level of performance means nothing in the derby, but these two goalkeepers have a history of excellence during this big event in the capital.

Both goalkeepers kept their nets clean in this month's Spanish Super Cup final, a match that renewed the traditional struggle between supporters of the two teams. During their career, Oblak played 18 derby games and received 19 goals, while Courtois played 13 derby games and also conceded 19 goals. In nine appearances for Courtois in the derby, he was wearing a Shirt Atlético Madrid, while playing for the Royals in his last four matches, and received 18 goals with Atlético, while he has not scored more than one goal with his current club.

Both goalkeepers will try to keep their nets clean on February 1st, which could help their teams win the game and will contribute significantly to determining the winner of the best goalkeeper in the league at the end of the season.

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