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Courtois is a skilled goalkeeper who also has a unique gift

Following Real Madrid's UEFA Super Cup victory over Eintracht Frankfurt, Thibaut Courtois talked in four different languages to four different media sources.

Real, the current Champions League champions, defeated Europa League champions Frankfurt 2-0 on Wednesday night at the Helsinki Arena with to goals from David Alaba and Karim Benzema.

Courtois, Los Blancos’ goalkeeper, has now preserved a clean sheet in all four of his last outings after making a series of crucial saves.

The 30-year-old has risen to the position of full-time leader in the Real team’s locker room. 

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Courtois participated in four interviews back-to-back and easily moved between languages, according to Archie Rhind-Tutt.

According to reports, Courtois is fluent in Dutch, French, English, and Spanish and has a solid grasp of German and Portuguese.

It’s no wonder that he’s the first person a journalist contacts when they want to talk.

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Given his connections to Atletico Madrid, Real’s 2018 acquisition of the Belgian international from Chelsea was at first criticized.

Courtois spent three years at Atletico on loan, and even assisted them in winning La Liga in 2014—the same year they lost to Real in the Champions League final. 

But he overcame it, becoming one of the finest shot blockers in football.

“We haven’t conceded a goal in either of our past three championship games. Madrid is the biggest club because they consistently win final matches; it’s in their DNA “In an interview with Movistar Plus after the game, Courtois stated.

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Real hopes to retain La Liga for the first time in 15 years after winning the league last season.

This year’s World Cup, which will take place in November, will have a significant influence on the home campaign. 

“It’s always harder because the teams are more motivated to beat a champion,” Courtois said.

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“La Liga and the ‘Champions’ are vital in September and October above all because we need to leave the club at the top of the standings to travel to the World Cup with our heads clean,”

Real will begin their domestic season on Sunday against Almeria.

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