'He shouldn't be blamed': Thibaut Courtois leaps to the defence of one Chelsea player after last night's game
Real Madrid goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois has leaped to the defence of opposition Chelsea player Edouard Mendy after last night’s Champions League game.
Madrid left Stamford Bridge on Wednesday with an impressive 3-1 away victory at Chelsea in the first leg of a Champions League quarter-final tie. Therefore, the Spanish giants must be confident of winning the contest in next Tuesday’s second leg at the Bernabeu.
A frantic opening 45 minutes saw Madrid sensation Karim Benzema score two well executed headers to put the visitors firmly in control. In-form Chelsea attacker Kai Havertz did half the deficit before half time with a brave header, though.
Unfortunately, a nightmare start to the second half resulted in Madrid leaving with a two-goal aggregate lead rather than just one.
Blues goalkeeper Edouard Mendy lost concentration at the beginning of the second period and produced a sloppy pass outside his box, which eventually gifted Benzema with a simple finish into an empty net to complete his hat-trick.
However, Madrid and ex-Chelsea goalkeeper Courtois insists any critics of Mendy should restrain themselves.
“The problem if you make a bad pass as a goalkeeper is that there’s no one behind, they steal the ball and score. He shouldn’t be blamed, but a mistake by a goalkeeper is talked about a lot,” Courtois said.
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It now looks like a very long road back to try reach the semi-finals of this season’s Champions League.
Benzema’s opening two goals had a touch of genius about them. However, the third one was totally avoidable and a result of an individual error.
Mendy, 30, has been absolutely sensational during nearly two seasons at Stamford Bridge and has credit in the bank to make mistakes.
It’s not the first time the £22million shot-stopper has faulted with the ball at his feet, though.
It does come with the territory now for modern day goalkeepers.