Chelsea keeper passes ultimate audition as future boss loses his cool

Thibaut Courtois delivered a magnificent performance for Atletico Madrid last night; and his potential future boss Jose Mourinho haad a good view from the stands.

For the first time this millennium Atletico Madrid have beaten their city rivals Real and did so on the biggest stage; the Copa Del Rey final.

And what a game it was. As a neutral you could not ask for more than what was on show in a terrific tie; with Premier League stars of past, present and future all having a major say in proceedings.

At one point it looked like business as usual for Real who had won their previous ten meetings with their closest rivals in terms of locality.

Cristiano Ronaldo with a trademark header from a Mesut Ozil corner giving the side the lead in the first half; which looked like taking the game toward its premeditated inevitable conclusion.

But obviously nobody told Radamel Falcao. His wonderful piece of skill on the halfway line was followed by an excellent pass in to Diego Costa who happily tucked the ball away to level.

Real Madrid dominated the game but in the end they went to extra-time; where defender Joao Miranda headed home the winning goal to seal a memorable victory in the home of their arch rivals.

But if I was to stop the analysis there I would not be doing this eventful fixture justice.

Because there was also a sending off or two to debate.

Cristiano Ronaldo was one player given his marching orders by Carlos Clos Gomez after he kicked out at Atletico midfielder Gabi; who himself was sent packing for two bookable offences later on.

Jose Mourinho was also sent to the stands for his reaction to the dismissal. In the ensuing melee Diego Costa was fortunate nobody spotted his indiscretion. He appeared to throw a punch amid the chaos. But nobody cared as it was about time somebody planted one on the face of Portuguese defender Pepe.

But amongst all this there was one performance that rose up above the inferno; that of Chelsea keeper Thibaut Courtois.

The Belgian may have suffered at the hands of a projectile thrown from the home support but they had good reason to try and get him out of the action.

He made a series of excellent saves to keep Atletico in the game with this one from Mesut Ozil the pick of the bunch:

With Mourinho likely to return to Chelsea next season he might have seen this game as the perfect audition to send a message to his future boss; I want Petr Cech’s number.

Considering his current form you would be hard pushed to say he doesn’t deserve it.

What did you make of the Copa del Rey final?

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