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Courtois eagerly awaiting ‘special’ Chelsea reunion in CL semis

Thibaut Courtois - Real Madrid
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The Belgian shot-stopper is relishing the opportunity to line up against a club on whose books he was for eight long years.

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Thibaut Courtois admits his exit from Chelsea “wasn’t in the best way” but is looking forward to the “special” reunion with his former team.

Real Madrid beat Liverpool 3-1 on aggregate to reach progress past the Champions League quarter-finals stage while Chelsea did so by overcoming FC Porto 2-1.

The two teams will now clash in the semi-finals of the competition, with the first leg set to be played at the Alfredo Di Stefano near the end of this month.

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“It’s a special game against my former club,” Courtois told beIN Sports. “Since [Thomas] Tuchel came in, they’ve played 3-5-2, 3-4-3 and they’re doing well, not conceding many goals.

“It’s going to be a tough match but I hope we can come through it.”

Chelsea and Real Madrid will collide again for the second leg at Stamford Bridge in the first week of May.

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Courtois added: “It will be very nice to see a lot of familiar faces and I wish there was public at Stamford Bridge because there was a lot of happy moments I had there.

“Even though maybe my departure wasn’t in the best way, or it was put that way, that it wasn’t the best way, I only have good memories. Two Premier Leagues, a lot of other trophies – I’m really happy to play them, but only one can be in the final and I hope it’s Real Madrid.”