THIBAUT COURTOIS has not forgotten his messy Chelsea exit, and the keeper knew Chelsea fans wouldn’t have either.
Courtois was keen to face the Chelsea boo boys in the first halfCredit: Getty
The Real Madrid keeper asked his captain Benzema to switch ends so he could relax during the second halfCredit: AFP
That meant he could put his feet up and relax after the break in front of the away fans at the other end of the pitch.
Chelsea fans have not forgiven Courtois for the way he forced a move from the club in 2018, and the keeper wanted to get the boos out of the way early doors.
As a former Chelsea player, he also knew the Blues prefer to attack The Matthew Harding Stand in the second half.
So he told Benzema to get the home side to play that way in the opening 45 minutes if he won the pre-match coin toss.
Courtois got his wish and unsurprisingly was loudly booed as he made his way to the goal in front of the angry Chelsea supporters.
Jeers rang out around the Bridge every time he touched the ball, and there was even a chorus of: “Thibaut you’re a c***!”
But his plan did the trick, as the visitors ran out 3-1 winners in the quarter-final first leg thanks to a stunning Benzema hat-trick.
The Belgian stopper forced a move to Real Madrid back in 2018 after seven years and 154 appearances for Chelsea.
Reports at the time even suggested he went on strike and didn’t turn up to training in a bid to push through a move to Spain.
And it’s safe to say Blues fans have not forgotten the circumstances surrounding his departure.