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Courtois wills Atlético to return to winning ways

Published: Monday 21 October 2013, 22.49CET
Thibaut Courtois is eager for Club Atlético de Madrid to rediscover their winning touch at FK Austria Wien after suffering a first Liga defeat of the season on Saturday.
by Tomáš Čunčík
from Vienna
Courtois wills Atlético to return to winning ways
Thibaut Courtois speaks to the press in Vienna ©AFP/Getty Images

Tournament statistics

Austria WienAtlético

Goals scored5
 
26
Possession (%)40
 
60
Total attempts58
 
176
on target31
 
104
off target27
 
72
blocked0
 
0
against woodwork2
 
7
Corners21
 
68
Offsides8
 
29
Yellow cards17
 
34
Red Cards0
 
0
Fouls committed98
 
214
Fouls suffered77
 
185
Passes2819
 
6833
completed1820
 
4742

Press kits

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Published: Monday 21 October 2013, 22.49CET

Courtois wills Atlético to return to winning ways

Thibaut Courtois is eager for Club Atlético de Madrid to rediscover their winning touch at FK Austria Wien after suffering a first Liga defeat of the season on Saturday.

Highly-rated goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois cut a defiant figure as he spelled out the challenge for Club Atlético de Madrid ahead of Tuesday's trip to FK Austria Wien.

Diego Simeone's charges have dazzled on their UEFA Champions League return, climbing to the Group B summit by posting back-to-back victories against FC Zenit on matchday one and FC Porto two weeks later. In the Spanish Liga, meanwhile, Atlético lie second – their club-record eight-game winning start having ended with a 1-0 defeat at RCD Espanyol on Saturday.

"We were disappointed with the result and the fact that our fantastic run had come to an end," said Courtois, now in his third season on loan at the Vicente Calderón from Chelsea FC. "However, we go into the next game with clear minds, focus and a determination to do well. The Champions League and the Liga are two different competitions."

The old adage of taking "each game as it comes" may have passed Courtois' lips, yet the fresh-faced Belgian maintains an insatiable desire for success. "It's a very important game tomorrow and it won't be easy. We go to Vienna with one clear target in mind – to collect three points. No team can win all of their games but we are doing our best to win as many as possible," he said.

Austria earned praise on matchday two for being defensively compact and meticulously organised as they held Zenit to a goalless draw. They also frustrated Porto for long periods before succumbing 1-0 in their section opener. Atlético, Courtois explained, plan to counteract such qualities with an approach than hinges on the virtue of patience.

"We have seen some of Austria's games," he said. "We must remain focused because we're in for a tough evening. We have to remain patient and stick to our game plan and tactics that the coach has put in place for us. We cannot afford to underestimate Austria. Every team in the Champions League has quality in their ranks."

Last updated: 22/10/13 9.44CET

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