Courtois is alright. He makes easy saves due to his 6' 6" frame, but is slow to react and gets beaten often to the corners. I tried De Gea and after 10 games preferred him. Played many games against La Liga teams, and absolutely hate Masip. Masip makes saves that Courtois could only dream of saving, liked Courtois last year, but terrible this year
- Saves 1v1 most of the time
- 6' 6"
- Can't make saves that others like Masip or De Gea can
- Gives up silly goals
3 CHEM Iker was better.
It's tall but does him no good.
Dives in the wrong direction most of the time.
Rarely catches the ball and releases it to VERY dangerous areas.
Unless the attacker misses or shoots straight at him you can expect a goal 99% of the chances.
Courtois has divided opinion a lot this year and I feel that I need to review him and give him a fair appraisal after playing about 300 games with him so far. He is a very one dimensional gk, but play to his strengths and he is fantastic. I've been playing a lot of drop back this year in WL and Div Rivals (Div 4 and Div 3) (currently playing 3 depth drop back with the option to switch to pressure on heavy touch with higher depth if I go behind). Courtois plays brilliantly when you play drop back and frustrate your opponent into taking long shots. Best GK on the game IMO at saving them. On player instructions put "Comes for crosses" on. He'll dominate corners, crosses etc. and be pretty consistent in catching the ball rather than parrying it to the opponent. At 1on1s he's not too bad. A little sluggish to come out but he's so big that he does well in those situations due to his frame. Where he struggles, is when your opponent is able to work an opportunity in the 6 yard box. He struggles to get down and effectively save shots from close range. If you can use your defenders to effectively jockey, move to cover any movement by the opponent and defend with aplomb, this GK is really underrated and a bargain for his price tbh. I'm currently playing Varane and Lucas Hernandez at CB and would recommend get CBs with pace and aggression that jockey well to stop your opponent from getting shots off in the 6 yard box. Do that, and this Courtois will be an absolute WALL for you. Don't do that, and he'll be terrible and I would avoid him like the plague. Areola is always an alternative, but I personally found him far less reliable and obv. Courtois is +6 in rating on him. If you know the strengths and limitations of this card, he could be a really solid option for you, so long as you play to his strengths. Pair up some pacey and aggressive CBs to play in front of him to prevent your opponent from getting in behind or finding space in the 6 yard box and exposing Courtois' weaknesses. Ramos, Hernandez, Eder Militao etc. are all good options. Avoid defenders who are big and sluggish to pair up with him like Koulibaly, Sule etc. as Courtois is commanding on corners and crosses and you don't want to be turned inside out.
Height and frame (6' 6'). Dominant for aerial balls, commanding presence in these situations (especially when you apply "comes for crosses" instruction)
Long shot saves
Finesse Shot saves (see above)
Long Throw Trait (His throws to start counter attacks are magnificent. He can throw the ball to the halfway line, making it a great alternative to his lacklustre kicking)
Price (20-22k for a keeper of this calibre, who gives great links is a steal)
(Minor) - His size and frame in 1on1 situations is good. If he gets to the 1on1 in time, he has a good chance to save.
Short range shots (saves fewer of these shots on average than other top keepers)
Low driven shots (not as op as they were on FIFA 18, but Courtois perennially struggles to deal with these due to a lack of agility and his big frame taking a long time to get down for saves)
Kicking is not very accurate again this year. On Goal kicks this can be an issue, but (As mentioned above), he often catches the ball effectively and his counter attacking long throws are a really effective alternative for his distribution when the ball hasn't gone out of play.
(Minor) - Not the quickest at rushing out of goal, making it difficult to cut off attackers if they get in behind for a 1on1 (If you do manage to close down the attacker though, he's very solid).
Worst goalkeeper I ever used. I have some difficulty choosing goalkeepers for this WL, while I can't get coins for Lenglet and Ter Stegn
Courtois It simply didn't save me in any of the 12 games I made this weekend.
You can tell he can be worse than a post, since he looks like a clumsy post
High Overall for SBc
He jumps even before the attacker kicks the ball
Every 2 games he scores 1 goal against
1v1 (The ball always easily passes under him)
Courtois is really good, He is much better than than any other keeper that i have tried,
- He is tall so he is good at saving the top corner shots.
- Very fast at diving.
- Always saves near post shots.
The only thing bad about this card is when he tries to go to the ball from a corner, He cannot catch a single cross.