Former Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois has spoken about his return to the club with Real Madrid in the Champions League with ex-Blues boss Carlo Ancelotti expected to be absent
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Real Madrid goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois spoke about his return to Stamford Bridge on Wednesday night Champions League Collision.
the previous Chelsea Stopper will return to familiar ground for the clash after spending four years at the club before moving to Spain in 2018. And despite the change of allegiance, the Belgium international is hoping to avoid the boos on his west London return.
It comes as former Chelsea boss Carlo Ancelotti looks set to miss the tie after testing positive for Covid. And Thiago Silva has spoken about the ‘moment of sadness’ he went through in the minutes before his Chelsea transfer was confirmed.
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Silva talks about movement
Thiago Silva recalls the ‘moment of sadness’ when he found out about his move to Chelsea.
The Brazil international joined Chelsea in the summer of 2020 after being sacked by Paris Saint-Germain when his contract expired. And the defender says he found out about Chelsea’s offer for him while he was on the team bus returning after Paris Saint-Germain’s Champions League final defeat by Bayern Munich.
And despite just suffering defeat in such a big game, Silva says the news sparked “a great moment of joy”.
Ancelotti will miss the draw
real Madrid have been training ahead of their Champions League game against Chelsea – when Carlo Ancelotti’s son Davide could take over at Los Blancos.
Ancelotti senior looks set to miss the tie after testing positive for Covid, meaning his assistant coach – who happens to be his son – should be in charge of Madrid. There were also other encouraging signs for the Blues in Madrid’s pre-match training sessions.
Courtois hopes to avoid boos
Thibaut Courtois hopes Chelsea fans won’t boo him on his return to Stamford Bridge.
The Belgium international has previously played for his former club since his departure, despite the match taking place while fans were not allowed inside stadiums in the middle of the stadiums Coronavirus Pandemic. It means Wednesday night’s game is the first time Courtois has played in front of Chelsea supporters since leaving the west London team and the goalkeeper is hoping for “a happy return to Stamford Bridge”.
But the keeper has also admitted he “doesn’t expect any applause from the fans” as both teams will focus on winning the game to help them secure a place in the next round.
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