Thibaut Courtois admits he’s still fond of Chelsea ahead of next week’s Champions League quarter-final however is not going to ‘apologise’ for making saves in opposition to the west London outfit
- The Belgian signed for Chelsea at 18 and says he still holds the membership pricey
- Thibaut Courtois gained two league titles, an FA Cup and League Cup at Chelsea
- It is the second season in a row the 2 sides have confronted off in Europe
Former Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois has mentioned that he is relishing the chance to return to Stamford Bridge next week with Real Madrid.
Courtois, who was half of the Real Madrid facet knocked out of the Champions League final season by the eventual winners Chelsea, mentioned that the match-up in opposition to his former facet is going to be ‘very particular’.
The Belgian goalkeeper spent seven years in west London after signing from Genk in 2011, though three of these had been spent on mortgage at Real’s metropolis rivals Atletico Madrid.
Thibaut Courtois shall be hoping his second return to west London shall be a happier one
Having returned from that prolonged mortgage spell, he loved 4 profitable years at Stamford Bridge, making 154 appearances and profitable a number of trophies together with the Premier League in 2014-15 and 2016-17.
Speaking on his YouTube channel Thibaut Talks, Courtois mentioned that he hoped Real Madrid may avenge final season’s semi-final defeat.
He mentioned: ‘It’s very particular. Last year we already performed within the semi-finals and lost, so hopefully, this time, there shall be a victory.’
The Belgian loved success throughout his spell with Chelsea together with profitable the FA Cup
Speaking additional in regards to the sport on Wednesday, he mentioned that it could be totally different this year owing to a crowd being in.
‘It shall be totally different as a result of there shall be a crowd, and there could also be some whistles in protest at my departure, however I hope individuals keep in mind the attractive moments of profitable two leagues [and] the FA Cup,’ he mentioned.
He went on so as to add: ‘Chelsea will at all times be one of my groups as a result of they helped me to develop into the goalkeeper I’m now; they signed me after I was 18 and gave me the chance to play for Atletico after which play within the Premier League and win it.
Real Madrid shall be hoping that their loss at house to Barcelona doesn’t impede them
‘I still have buddies there, and it’s at all times a pleasure to play in opposition to them. Apologise for my saves? No, it’s been virtually 4 years now, and I defend my membership.’
‘Obviously, I’ve a passion for Chelsea, and if I see them win a title, I congratulate the individuals I do know, however once they play in opposition to me I hope we win,’ he concluded.
Real Madrid shall be hoping to duplicate their gorgeous second half comeback in opposition to Paris Saint Germain whereas Thomas Tuchel shall be hoping for extra of the identical from his outfit after they blew away Lille within the spherical of 16.
Elsewhere, Manchester City face Atletico Madrid whereas Liverpool tackle Benfica and Bayern Munich face Villarreal.