Courtois will go through his glove ritual ocen again, washing them at home the night before, going to the team hotel, leaving them to dry on a table – never a radiator, or in direct sunlight. And they will still be slightly damp when he takes the field.
“It’s not true that other people are not allowed to touch them. Some goalkeepers give them to their kit man, but I take them home,” he said.
“I wash them the evening before a game. If we are at home and going to the hotel at 8pm, around six or seven I will quickly wash them in the washing machine, with water and no powder, 20 minutes express, 30 degrees, so they don’t shrink.