Courtois up for Chelsea test

Thibaut Courtois is delighted to have been cleared to face parent club Chelsea in the Champions League semi-finals.

Last Updated: 22/04/14 at 18:51 Post Comment

Thibaut Courtois: Atletico Madrid keeper cleared to take on Chelsea

Thibaut Courtois: Atletico Madrid keeper cleared to take on Chelsea

More of the games that matter

2 years free Sky Broadband Unlimited for Sky Sports customers

The goalkeeper has been in outstanding form for Atletico Madrid this season, but he feared he would miss out on the biggest occasion of his career when the Spaniards drew Chelsea in the last four.

Reports suggested that the 21-year-old, who has been on loan with Atletico for the last three seasons, would be given permission to play if the La Liga leaders paid Chelsea a substantial fee.

But the speculation has been dismissed by UEFA, who cleared Courtois to feature without the need for any money to change hands.

"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."

The first leg of the tie will be played in Madrid on Tuesday, with the return at Stamford Bridge next week.

Courtois has already lifted the Europa League, UEFA Super Cup and Copa del Rey in his three seasons on loan in Madrid, and admits he never expected so much success when he first made the move.

"I didn't expect it, no," he added. "I remember playing my first game in the Belgian league just before turning 17 and dreaming of having a good career over there, but I didn't imagine playing for a big club or winning trophies like these.

"And now we're not far away from the most important one of them all, the Champions League.

"We've got the Liga title close too which, because of Barcelona and Real Madrid, you never think you'll get the chance to win.

"They've got better individuals but we're a very good team and that's important, because you don't need to rely on any one player to win the championship.

"It's going to be hard to repeat all this though. We're having a huge season and, now we've got this far, we've got to try and take advantage.

"It'll be tough to take if it ends without us winning anything, but it won't be for lack of trying."

More of the games that matter

2 years free Sky Broadband Unlimited for Sky Sports customers

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

C

an we get one on the similarities between this year's Arsenal and 5 years ago. Or any other number you care to pick frankly...it shouldn't be hard.

mc1728
Liverpool: Five Similiarities Five Years On

R

icky van Wolfswinkel's remarkable record of one goal from one game at least deserves an honourable mention. And I'm willing to bet that at least one of Costa, Ulloa or Enner Valencia will earn a place on the list by the end of the season. Probably not Costa

stevenjameshyde
Top Ten PL Strikers Who Started Like A Train...

I

will also give up birthday Christmas and bacon for this to happen

badwolf
Ronaldo return ‘in place’

Footer 365

Premier League: Newcastle winger Jonas Gutierrez battling testicular cancer

Newcastle United winger Jonas Gutierrez has revealed he has been receiving treatment for testicular cancer.

Champions League: Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger admits Dortmund deserved victory

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger admits his side were 'average' following their 2-0 defeat to Borussia Dortmund.

Champions League: Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers praises side after Ludogorets win

Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers praised his side's character as they battled to a late 2-1 win over Ludogorets.

Mail Box

Who's More Miserable - Baggies Or Mags?

There's not a lot to choose between the misery of West Brom fans and the misery of Newcastle fans. We have mails on them, 'only QPR' and lots on Man United...

Forget it, Ronaldo Won't Come Back

A varied morning mailbox, with thoughts on Ronaldo, Daley Blind = Michael Carrick, Ed Woodward redemption, stick with Pardew, QPR's name change and marbles...

© 2014 British Sky Broadcasting Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media property