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Thibaut Courtois wanted to play in front of ‘hostile’ fans for Chelsea vs Real Madrid

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The world expected Real Madrid vs Chelsea to be a tightly contested Champions League quarterfinal. Yet, that was far from the case at Stamford Bridge.

Despite playing the first leg in London, Los Blancos pulled off a ruthless performance and demolished their opponents with a scoreline of 3-1.

According to reports from Daily Mail, there were some decisions taken ahead of kickoff that might influenced the result on the night.

The English media outlet reported that Thibaut Courtois told Karim Benzema to switch ends on Stamford Bridge after winning the toss just before kickoff.

As a result, the goalkeeper played in front of Chelsea’s most hostile fans during the first half and enjoyed a relatively comfortable second period.

Courtois is a player who knows Chelsea and Stamford Bridge inside out after rendering his services at the club for seven years. Despite playing for Chelsea for only four years, the Belgian made close to 126 appearances for the London based side.

The goalkeeper pushed for a move to Real Madrid following the 2017/18 season, and his decision was not well received by the fans. As a result, Courtois was subjected to insults and was called a ‘snake’ for leaving the club on bad terms.

Nevertheless, the Belgian has been far more successful since his move to Real Madrid. His suggestion to play against the hostile fans in the first half reaped benefits on the night as Karim Benzema went on to score a stunning hat-trick.

With the second leg scheduled later this week, Courtois will look to maintain a clean sheet and steer his side into the semifinals of the UCL.

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Video – Barcelona fans chant ‘Vinicius d*e’ ahead of their UCL clash

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In what is starting to become an alarmingly common occurrence, a set of Barcelona fans were spotted hurling abusive chants towards Real Madrid superstar Vinicius Jr.

Barça will be facing PSG in the UEFA Champions League quarterfinal today in less than an hour and in the lead-up to the game, a section of the Catalans’ supporters were seen chanting “Vinicius, die” on the streets.

It is not the first time this has happened, with Vinicius being constantly targeted by not only Barcelona fans but supporters of a number of other La Liga clubs.

In fact, last month, Barcelona fans were seen hurling the same chants before their UEFA Champions League Round of 16 tie against Napoli.

The same had happened outside Estadi Olimpic Lluis Companys in Montjuic prior to the Clasico in October last year.

Moreover, this past weekend, a Mallorca fan at Son Moix directed racist abuse towards Vinicius’ Real Madrid teammate, Aurelien Tchouameni.

It is shocking and embarrassing that these incidents continue to occur. It remains to be seen if any action is taken by the concerned authorities against those involved.

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