"We thought he [Courtois] was the best goalkeeper in the world and he has shown that", Perez told Movistar Plus after the game, per Goal. Saul surprised me a little bit, but Thomas was clear about it and it was a good save because he hit it so hard.
"It was the most important play", Simeone was quoted as saying by Marca.
Surprisingly, Atletico Madrid coach Diego Simeone failed to blame Federico Valverde for his tackle on Morata claiming that he would have done the same as well. "If you look at his touch, which I saw on the screen, I think it goes a long way from Alvaro (Morata), but Fede has done that and we've done well". With Barca and Valencia (Spanish league and cup winners, respectively) having been eliminated in the semifinals of the spurious four-team competition, it was left to the Madrid rivals to fight it out in Jeddah. "This leads us to keep improving".
Los Blancos have been in good form as of late as they won the Spanish Super Cup last weekend, are unbeaten in 16 straight games, are still alive in the Champions League, are one of the favorites to win the Copa del Rey and are probably the favorites to win the league.
For all the controversy off the pitch, on the pitch, the tournament has delivered.
Barcelona forward, Antoine Griezmann has blamed himself and his teammates for making too many "mistakes" following their defeat against Atletico Madrid in the Spanish Super Cup on Thursday night.
Ramos had been guilty of sloppiness early on and Atletico should have capitalised. Both teams had chances.
Into extra-time and, with 105 minutes on the clock, Courtois did well to flash out a leg and block Morata's acrobatic effort while Oblak twice denied Real, first a curling shot from Luka Modric and then a follow-up from Mariano Diaz.
He rolled the ball past Thibaut Courtois, but into the post, and Atleti were never able to recover from such a bad start to proceedings.
The resulting free-kick hit the wall and rebounded to Trippier, who also hit the wall.