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Thibaut Courtois admits being booed by Chelsea fans was 'unfortunate' on his return

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Thibaut Courtois says being booed by Chelsea fans on his return to the club was ‘unfortunate’ but Real Madrid No 1 admits he knew his welcome ‘wouldn’t be friendly’ in Champions League win

  • Thibaut Courtois returned to Chelsea for the second time with Real Madrid
  • However, his latest return to London was the first in front of Blues supporters
  • Courtois left for Real Madrid in the summer of 2018 after wishes to leave the club
  • Belgian had sympathy for Edouard Mendy following his error in Madrid’s 3-1 win 

Thibaut Courtois has claimed that he was disappointed at being booed by Chelsea fans on his return to Stamford Bridge.

Courtois started for Real Madrid in their 3-1 Champions League quarter-final victory on Wednesday, with the Belgian playing at his former club for the second time and the first in front of supporters.

But he was booed by the Blues fans when his name was read out over the PA system before the game, while he was also given a frosty reception during it.

Real Madrid's Thibaut Courtois admitted it was unfortunate to be booed on his Chelsea return

Real Madrid’s Thibaut Courtois admitted it was unfortunate to be booed on his Chelsea return

After the two sides swapped ends following the coin toss, Courtois received abuse from the Matthew Harding Lower end as he ran towards his goal.

A chorus of ‘Thibaut you’re a c***’ could be heard.

After seven years at Chelsea, Courtois left the Blues under a cloud in 2018 after seeking a move to Real Madrid.

‘Obviously I knew it wouldn’t be friendly, especially in the stadium,’ he told BT Sport.

‘Maybe if you see some people outside the ground they will be more friendly.

The Belgian greets former Blues team-mate Cesar Azpilicueta following Madrid's victory

The Belgian greets former Blues team-mate Cesar Azpilicueta following Madrid’s victory

‘It’s obviously part of football, that’s unfortunate because how they painted my departure was not how it went through.

‘But I’m happy with the result and I will always care about the special moments here at the Bridge, two leagues… it’s not easy to win two Premier Leagues in four years, so I’m happy for that and the moments here, so what happened today [the boos] I don’t take it too much.’

Courtois had the last laugh though, with two superb headers from Karim Benzema putting Madrid in front after 23 minutes before Kai Havertz pulled a goal back before the break.

However, Edouard Mendy blundered straight after the restart, allowing the France striker to complete his hat-trick after a weak pass to a team-mate was intercepted by the forward.

Courtois had sympathy for his opposite number Edouard Mendy following his error

Courtois had sympathy for his opposite number Edouard Mendy following his error

Courtois, though, had sympathy for his opposite number on the night. 

‘Yeah, that’s unfortunate,’ said the Belgian. ‘There are things that happen unfortunately in football for us goalkeepers, you miss a pass there’s no one behind you who can save it.

‘He gave Chelsea a lot of points last year, he helped them to win the Champions League, so I don’t think they will blame him too much.

‘But I understand for him it will be a hard evening but he will bounce back.’

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