Chelsea v Real Madrid: Thibaut Courtois aims jab at Blues ahead of Stamford Bridge return

Ex-Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois has fired a jab at his former club ahead of the UEFA Champions League showdown at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday evening.

The Belgian returns to West London for the first time since his unceremonious departure nearly three years ago.

The Blues will be vying with Zinedine Zidane’s men for a place in the Champions League final and if the Spaniards succeed, it will be the first time that Courtois will have reached that stage with Los Blancos.

Despite winning two Premier League crowns, an FA Cup and a League Cup in his time with Chelsea, he has suggested that his real aspiration is to lift silverware with his current employers.

Speaking during an interview with French outlet TF1, he said: “I have confidence in our qualities. We are lucky to be in the semi-finals and small details can change everything.

“Winning a trophy with Belgium and the Champions League with Real Madrid are two childhood dreams which I haven’t accomplished yet. I hope to be able to achieve it as soon as possible.”

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Courtois has managed to reach one Champions League final in his career so far in his time with Atletico Madrid in 2014. He was on the losing side though, ironically losing 4-1 against Real Madrid after extra time.

Following that, he went on to star for Chelsea before his acrimonious exit from Stamford Bridge in 2018.

The 83-cap Belgian has admitted he has no regrets over how his transfer played out though and still finds it somewhat hard to believe that he represents the Spanish giants.

“Sometimes when I drive to the stadium, I say to myself, ‘I did not imagine that I could end up here’. It’s a nice story: someone who grew up in a small village in Belgium ending up at Real Madrid,” Courtois continued.

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“When you sign for Real Madrid, you know the pressure is going to be there. That’s what is the beauty when you win trophies.

“Real Madrid are the biggest club in the world. And it feels it with the pressure from the fans. It is yet another dimension in the world of football.”

Courtois’ Real are at a slight disadvantage ahead of Wednesday evening’s meeting at Stamford Bridge following the first leg in Madrid.

Christian Pulisic scored what could be a vital away goal before Karim Benzema lashed in a fantastic equaliser to secure a 1-1 draw.

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