Goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois and his Real Madrid teammates enjoyed training at Stamford Bridge on Tuesday ahead of their Champions League showdown against Chelsea aiming to prove a point.
Courtois says he has had enough of unfair criticism aimed at the club, who are eight points clear in La Liga and reached the Champions League quarter-finals with an epic 3-1 second-leg win against Paris Saint-Germain.
"I feel it always the same, people always doubt and question Real Madrid even after our best moments,” Courtois told a news conference before facing holders Chelsea in the first leg of their quarter-final clash on Wednesday.
“We have full confidence in our team capacity and we are all looking forward to show what we are worth against Chelsea.”
Courtois was Real's only representative to speak with the media as coach Carlo Ancelotti did not make the trip to London as he recovers from a positive Covid-19 diagnosis.
His son and assistant head-coach, Davide Ancelotti, watched an upbeat training session at Stamford Bridge and will be on the sidelines calling the shots.
“We know very well how Ancelotti wants us to train, there is a great coaching staff, he has participated in talks by video call," said Courtois, who was on Chelsea's books for seven years and was their No 1 for three seasons before moving to Real Madrid.
"Sure there is a difference if he is on the bench or not, but last weekend the coaching staff did well, so I don't think it will be a problem in London.”
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