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Courtois: “What La Liga did to us was terrible, we’re not puppets”

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The goalkeeper talked to the media and complained about being forced to travel to Pamplona in the middle of a winter storm.

C.A. Osasuna v Real Madrid - La Liga Santander Photo by Juan Manuel Serrano Arce/Getty Images

Real Madrid goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois talked to the press after the 0-0 draw against Osasuna and explained the feelings of the team. Los Blancos were forced to wait for four hours inside their plane on Friday as the Madrid airport wasn’t in good conditions to take off.

“I want to thank the Osasuna crew because they did a great job with the pitch, but what La Liga did to us was terrible, also to other teams like Rayo. This is something that was well known, of course we were going to be able to play, but in order to do that we had to take off from a frozen airport, now we can’t go back. We’re humans, not only tools for a show. We do what we’re required to do, because they tell you that if you can’t make the trip they take the three points away from you, but it wasn’t safe, we’re not puppets who have to play at all costs, we made the effort today but we have to think about the trips, your own side —media— of logistics and also the fact that we have to go back,” said Courtois, visibly upset.

The goalkeeper as also asked about the match itself, where Madrid simply failed to generate plays to score.

“We didn’t have that creativity to create chances, we didn’t have much space and maybe we lacked some runs off the ball. We also kept a clean sheet so at least we score a point. If you want to fight for the title, you have to win in these games,” concluded Courtois.