Thibaut Courtois kept his 100th clean sheet in LaLiga, but the Real Madrid goalkeeper was frustrated after a “bitter” goalless draw with Villarreal.
Belgian international Courtois became one of only five goalkeepers to reach a hundred or more eliminations in La Liga in the 21st century.
Only Atletico Madrid goalkeeper Jan Oblak (182) has reached the finish line in fewer games than Courtois (217).
However, the 29-year-old was more concerned about lost points as Real Madrid missed the opportunity to increase their Liga lead to five points after city rivals Atletico lost earlier in the day to Madrid. Alaves.
“A clean sheet is not bad after conceding goals in recent games,” he told Movistar.
“It is a bitter draw because it is at home and if a direct rival loses you want to win the three points. The point is not enough for us.
“We prepared the game to try to put pressure on them, but in the first half they did very well. It was difficult to get the ball out of him.
“We have lost too many passes. Sometimes happens.”
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Real manager Carlo Ancelotti felt his tactic was spot on even though his team only made two shots on goal.
Both came in the second half after Real Madrid failed to register a shot on goal in the first 45 minutes for the first time under Ancelotti.
“I don’t think the approach was wrong but correct,” Ancelotti said at a press conference.
“It was difficult to play between the lines because they defended very well. In the first half we had difficulties because we didn’t have Etienne Capoue under control.
“In the second half we had more control, but we didn’t find a good opportunity. We put in more intensity, but it was very difficult to put pressure on them because they managed the ball well. “
The match was the 800th match that Ancelotti has chaired as a manager in the top five European leagues and scored his 182nd draw with 475 wins and 143 losses.
Real have three points clear of Sevilla, second in the table, who have one game less.
“We finished with a clean sheet and this is positive after the last few games,” added the Italian.
“Against Villarreal, if it’s not your best night it’s hard to win. We are still there in the championship and this is what matters. “