THIBAUT COURTOIS knew he was going to get it in his neck from Chelsea fans and he certainly wasn’t disappointed.
And vitriol gushed from the Matthew Harding Stand the second he took his place in goal to kick-off.
But that semi-final had been played behind closed doors because of the pandemic and this time the volume had been turned down to 11.
And while the manic German had plenty of reasons to be disappointed with his players’ efforts, he couldn’t complain about the noise levels that threatened to take the roof off.
Only a few weeks ago, Chelsea were given the green light to even start selling tickets for this game afterwards Roman Abramovich was approved by the government.
It meant prospective new owner Todd Boehly was able to get a close look at the team he’s trying to buy as he sauntered onto the bridge virtually unnoticed.
The American billionaire is currently down on talks with the Chelsea board… and has now watched as many home games as Abramovich this season.
And although the result did not go as he wantedwould he still have been blown away by the mood and passion of the fans.
“European champions, we know what we are,” they sang, even if they might not be able to say it much longer.
Because on a dirty night in west London, it was the madridistas who sang in the rain as their team made a big move to avenge last season’s defeat.
And nobody enjoyed this impressive victory more than Courtois, who probably did should have done better with Kai Havertz’s goal but more than made up for it with a fabulous save against Cesar Azpilicueta.
It means Real will go into next week’s second leg with a two-goal lead after Blues keeper Edouard Mendy’s horrible mistake gave Karim Benzema another hat-trick in the Champions League.
And it will take a lot more than songs to save Chelsea’s bacon at the Bernabeu. Maybe it’s time to pray.
https://www.thesun.co.uk/sport/football/18190075/thibaut-courtois-real-madrid-chelea-fans-1-3-booed/ Thibaut Courtois knew he would be booed by Chelsea fans and no one will be enjoying this Real Madrid win more than he is