Thibaut Courtois has highlighted the worst moment of his year.
Having spent three years away from Stamford Bridge on loan with La Liga side Atletico Madrid, the 22-year-old Belgian international is one of the best ‘keepers in world football, and he is expected to claim the number one spot for the Blues for the next decade or so. His career in Spain was capped with a host of trophies - including La Liga, the Europa League and the Super Cup - whilst his performances have also warranted a number of personal accolades - with two Zamora trophies in consecutive years, as well as being named 2014 Belgian Sportsman of the Year.
However, there is one trophy that has yet to find its way into the stopper’s hands - the Champions League.
Having knocked his parent club out of last season’s competition, Atletico came within minutes of claiming Europe’s premier trophy as their own, leading city rivals Real Madrid 1-0 in the Final heading into injury time. However, Los Rojiblancos endured a heartbreaking ending to the tie, as Sergio Ramos scored a 93rd minute equaliser, before goals from Gareth Bale, Marcelo and Cristiano Ronaldo secured Real their 10th European Cup.
The loss of the Champions League has given Courtois - as well as former Atleti teammates Diego Costa and Filipe Luis - more reason to want to win the trophy with the Blues, but the ‘keeper has admitted that Ramos’s goal was the worst part of his year, and the one thing that keeps him awake at night.
When asked by HLN about what keeps him awake at night, Courtois said: “That goal from Sergio Ramos in the final seconds of the Champions League Final has haunted me.
“The ball went up five inches from my hands in the goal, and it ultimately cost us the win.”
Whilst Courtois’ comments suggest that he has blamed himself for Atletico losing the tie, it appears as if his mistake has not cost him his playing career. He looks even more assured this season than he did during the last campaign, and it will surely not be long before the 22-year-old has claimed the title of best goalkeeper in the world - as well as the Champions League.