Thibaut Courtois shrugged off Chelsea fans’ booing during Real Madrid’s Champions League victory at Stamford Bridge and confesses he feels sorry for Edouard Mendy after his gaffe.
After a 3-1 win over Chelsea on Wednesday evening, Real Madrid is in pole position to reach the Champions League semi-finals.
After 24 minutes, Benzema scored two beautiful headers to put Madrid ahead, before Kai Havertz equalized for Chelsea.
However, Benzema’s hat-trick was completed immediately after the restart thanks to errors by Mendy and Antonio Rudiger.
Courtois, on the other hand, was booed and jeered by Chelsea fans in his first game back at Stamford Bridge since his move to Real Madrid.
Asked about the hostile reception he received from Chelsea’s supporters, Courtois told BT Sport: ‘Obviously I knew it wouldn’t be friendly, especially in the stadium.
‘Maybe if you see some people outside the ground they will be more friendly.
‘It’s obviously part of football, that’s unfortunate because how they painted my departure was not how it went through
‘But I’m happy with the result and I will always care about the special moments here at the Bridge, two leagues… it’s not easy to win two Premier Leagues in four years, so I’m happy for that and the moments here, so what happened today [the boos] I don’t take it too much.’
Thibaut Courtois also said he has sympathy for Mendy following his error which allowed Benzema to complete his hat-trick.
‘Yeah, that’s unfortunate,’ said the Belgian.
‘There are things that happen unfortunately in football for us goalkeepers, you miss a pass there’s no one behind you who can save it.
‘He gave Chelsea a lot of points last year, he helped them to win the Champions League, so I don’t think they will blame him too much.
‘But I understand for him it will be a hard evening but he will bounce back.’