There was a close competition between Keylor Navas and Loris Karius for this position. But after two blunders from Karius in the final which cost his team the title. There was no way that we could select the Reds keeper for our Champions League Team of the Season. Also, if it was not Navas on the goal then maybe we could have seen Bayern Munich in the final. The Costa Rican was the savior for Los Blancos in the crucial games of Champions League this season.
Although, both Karius and Navas have conceded the same number of goals this season. In the comparison of both, the Costa Rican looked more composed and confident in the final and I think that is because of the experience of big games. While the German keeper was up against the great attacking side and could not handle the pressure of the big game and made two sloppy mistakes.
Keeping the final performance aside. Navas was quite brilliant this season in the Champions League. The Madrid keeper appeared in 11 games of the UCL this season and kept clean sheets in three. The Costa Rican made almost three saves in every game and most of these saves were made inside the penalty area.
Los Blanco’s defense was not of top quality or we say that it lacked composure and consistency this season. The defensive line was not together and there were only individual performances from the defenders that made the difference in the games against big clubs. Even at this point, Navas never made it look like that the team is having a problem in the back line. The Costa Rican reflexes and judgment of the game was astounding. In addition, the performances of Navas was the major reason behind Real’s third consecutive UCL title.