Thibaut Courtois has been modest following high acclaim from Jose Mourinho.
We have had the ‘special one’, the ‘happy one’, the ‘sarcastic one’ and now the ‘humble one’.
Jose Mourinho was quite accepting of his side’s defeat against Atletico Madrid yesterday - having to admit that Los Colchoneros deserved the win.
Although he did highlight what changed the game. Secondly it was the penalty award - which he did not deny wasn’t a penalty but first of all it was the save from his own goalkeeper.
Thibaut Courtois made a good save from John Terry not long before Samuel Eto’o clumsily bundled over Diego Costa in his own box.
He said of that moment after the game:
"One minute in the second half decided everything. A minute where the Atletico goalkeeper makes an impossible save to a John Terry header then the penalty that kills the game. After that there was only one team with morale high, knowing with half an hour left they had control.”
Courtois is of course on loan at the club from Chelsea - and is now considered one of the best stoppers in the world.
But he did not think his save was ‘impossible’ - in fact he played down the stop.
“…In the second half, we went out there to win the game. It was a really good clash and now, we’re going to Lisbon. I just played my game and tried to help. The save from Terry wasn’t all that difficult and the one against Hazard wasn’t so important, because we were already winning 1-3 and it was late in the game.”
It was straight at him - but he still had to react incredibly fast to getting his huge frame down to make a good stop.
His modesty is genuine, but he wasn’t afraid to share his happiness in the win on Instagram after the game - posting this image with the tagline …
One team! #atleti
Chelsea fans will be hoping to see him in between the sticks at Stamford Bridge on a more regular basis next season.