Opinion: Navas will fight Courtois for being Madrid's No.1
Marca writer Pablo Diaz remains impressed with the Costa-Rican following his exploits against Milan in the Trofeo Bernabeu match. He believes the goalkeeper won't give up on his well-deserved spot without a real battle.
Marca's Pablo Diaz starts with some praise for Navas who has always been considered 'not good enough' for Los Blancos despite constantly proving otherwise.
'After winning out the battle with Iker Casillas for the starting position, the Costa Rican has been forced to deal with summer and summer of constant speculation linking Los Blancos with David de Gea, yet Navas has always remained resolute. His position has been constant, he would continue to focus on improving and playing well enough so that nobody can take his place.'
Then Diaz explains the differences between Navas and his new rival, Thibaut Courtois.
'There are no doubts that Courtois is a better all-round goalkeeper, yet the former Levante star has been an integral part of arguably the club's greatest sustained period of success. People often cite his height when criticising his performances, yet Navas constantly overreaches, both literally and figuratively.'
Marca writer then assesses Navas' performance against Milan in Saturday night's Trofeo Bernabeu match which ended up with an impressive 3-1 win for Los Blancos.
'AC Milan were the opponents in Saturday's Bernabeu Trophy match, yet the Rossoneri were thwarted by a goalkeeper determined to make a statement. He was beaten by a near-perfect curling shot from the right foot of Gonzalo Higuain after just four minutes, but he then made a number of eye-catching saves.'
Thibaut Courtois posted the second lowest save percentage in #UCL last season (after Sergio Rico, 58%), saving 62,5% of the shots he faced (min eight games). [Opta]— Hala Madrid y Nada Más (@RaulMadrid__7) August 9, 2018
Keylor Navas is clearly the BETTER GK in UCL. I've no doubt about that. pic.twitter.com/nn6w18Lla8
Finally, Diaz laments Zidane's decision to quit Real Madrid as he always supported his goalkeeper.
'Zinedine Zidane was incredibly loyal to the 31-year-old, with that made abundantly clear by the Frenchman putting the kibosh on a move for Kepa Arrizabalaga in January. With the French coach now gone, Navas is working from what is essentially a blank slate and this isn't the case for the Belgian who will arrive with the expectation of being the club's undisputed starting goalkeeper.'
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