Congratulations to Thibaud Courtois, who not only won the Zamora prize for the second season in a row, but also helped Atlético to a tenth league title after they drew 1-1 in the Nou Camp on Saturday. And he still has the Champions League final to come! Whether he will be back at the Calderón stadium next season is still in doubt though, the final decision resting on his owners, Chelsea, and of course that man, José Mourinho!
An exciting end to the season though, with Almería, Granada and Getafe saving themselves on the last day, and Osasuna and Valladolid going down. The first two were helped by clean sheets for their keepers, Esteban and Roberto (who returned in place of Karnezis for the last match), with Esteban’s opposite number Herrerín (himself given a run out by Athletic in place of Iraizoz) and Málaga’s Willy Caballero also keeping their goals against columns to zero.
Esteban and Caballero were the only two who played every minute of every match this season, although both may be moving on this summer, the former deciding to drop two divisions to join his home-town club Oviedo, and the latter with several interesting offers on the table. One other goalkeeping change this weekend as well, Iker Casillas getting another run out for Real Madrid against Espanyol to keep him fresh for next weekend’s Champions League final. We wish him and Courtois well, and may the best man win, but whatever happens San Iker has to stay fit for the World Cup. Spain needs him! (20.05.14)
|Zamoras||Games played||Goals against||Difference|
|Iraizoz (Athletic Bilbao)||33||32||-1|
|Diego López (Real Madrid)||36||36||0|
|Keylor Navas (Levante)||36||39||+3|
|Manu Herrera (Elche)||29||36||+7|
|Diego Alves (Valencia)||25||32||+7|
|Bravo (Real Sociedad)||37||52||+15|