Courtois vital to Atletico victories, says Garcia

Atletico Madrid midfielder Raul Garcia has hailed the performances of goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois.

The Belgium international has featured in every minute of Atletico's La Liga campaign, conceding just 11 goals, helping Diego Simeone's men to joint top of the table.

Garcia, who found the net in Atletico's 2-0 Copa del Rey win over Valencia, claims the Chelsea loanee is playing as crucial a role in their season as the likes of leading scorer Diego Costa.  

"Courtois brings a lot to the team and his self-belief helps us wins games," Marca quotes him as saying. 

"It's not just our goalscorers who're important; he is too."

The 21-year-old is in his third season on loan at the Vicente Calderon with Petr Cech preferred as number one at Stamford Bridge. 

However, Garcia is confident Courtois will continue to improve - highlighting his maturity as a major advantage. 

"He's young, but he's tremendously mature for his age," he continued. "Keepers usually reach that level when they're slightly older.

"He also has room to improve and what's good is that he wants to work on becoming a better keeper."


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