Thibaut Courtois looking forward to lining up against parent club Chelsea in Champions League
The Belgian goalkeeper hoping to help Atletico Madrid into Champions League final
April 21st, 2014
Thibaut Courtois has been on loan at Atletico Madrid since 2011 and has receive Uefa clearance to represent the Spanish league leaders against Chelsea despite the fact that the latter are his parent club.
The 6ft 6in stopper has been earning rave reviews between the sticks for Los Colchoneros, with the 21-year-old potentially the future replacement of Petr Cech at Stamford Bridge although his current focus is making sure he stops Chelsea from reaching the Champions League final.
After the draw, there was much debate as to whether Courtois would turn out for his current club although Uefa have insisted that the youngster must play and he’s now determined to stop Tuesday night’s opponents.
“I was very relieved,” Courtois told the FIFA website. “For me, the fact that we’ve drawn Chelsea, like we did in the European Super Cup in 2012, is special, because even though I’m at Atleti, Chelsea are my club too.
“It’s better not to think about it too much though and play like I always do, because if I start thinking, ‘Oh, I’d better be careful’, then I’ll end up playing poorly.
“I want to win trophies here and I’ll be an Atleti supporter for these two games, but at all other times I’m a Chelsea fan too.
“I hope they win the Premier League, just not these two Champions League matches. I really hope we can reach the final as we’re so close. They’re the favourites, but Barcelona were too.”
Indeed, Atleti have eliminated Barcelona from the competition and are slight favourites to get to the final at the expense of a Chelsea side who are likely to be missing Eden Hazard for the first leg.