Former Chelsea goalkeeper Courtois is BOOED on his return to London

Former Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois is BOOED on his return to Stamford Bridge despite winning two league titles at with Chelsea

  • Thibaut Courtois had said beforehand that he hoped he wasn’t booed
  • Chelsea fans offered the Belgian a frosty reception as he returned to London
  • Real Madrid meet Chelsea in the Champions League quarter finals  

Thibaut Courtois was booed on his second return to Stamford Bridge, the first time with fans, after his acrimonious departure from the club in 2018.   

After the Belgian spoke glowingly of this time with the club in the build up to Real Madrid’s quarter-final first leg tie with Chelsea, Courtois might have expected a better reception from the west London faithful.  

However, the reaction to his return from the Chelsea fans appeared unanimous as his name was booed as it was read out by the PA announcer while he was also the subject to the frosty reception during the game. 

Thibaut Courtois received a frosty reception from a number of fans at Stamford Bridge

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.  

The 29-year-old told Real Madrid’s official website prior to the game: ‘I hope that they don’t boo me but you never know.’ 

He added: ‘I’m prepared for whatever comes and we’ll have to see how it goes.

‘I hope it’s a happy return to Stamford Bridge. We’re now rivals. 

‘They’ll want to win and the same goes for me too and so I’m not expecting any applause from the fans.’

Courtois arrived at Stamford Bridge in 2011 from Belgian club Genk.  

He immediately went out on on loan to Atletico Madrid, where he spent three years eventually winning the league in 2013-14 while losing in the Champions League final in the same season to city rivals Real Madrid. 

He eventually went on to make 154 appearances for Chelsea. 


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