Marca: Areola expected to be main Copa del Rey goalkeeper
- Alphonse will be the understudy to Courtois.
- The Belgian is now the undisputed first-option goalkeeper.
- Areola is set to receive chances in Copa and in case something happens to Thibaut.
Alphonse Areola has replaced Keylor Navas at the Casa Blanca and is expected to receive Copa del Rey playing time. Thibaut Courtois is Zinedine Zidane's main man and with the Costa Rican leaving the Bernabeu, the goalkeeper debate is no more.
However, the loan keeper has a potential chance to compete with Courtois. The Belgian was injured during the last season and there's no guarantee that Thibaut will be available and fit for the whole 2019-2020 campaign.
Also, Alphonse is no stranger to La Liga, having already played for Villarreal in the 2015/16 season with 37 outings and 32 goals conceded. Even though Alphonse boasts of a far better save and clean sheet rate than Courtois, the France national team manager Didier Deschamps was worried that Zidane will bench France international:
"If he stops playing, it could be a problem. Be it the goalkeepers or outfielders, it's better if you play minutes regularly. We'll see how much he plays and we'll see [if he makes] the next squad list."
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