EXCLUDED RMC SPORT – Former Chelsea teammates Olivier Giroud and Thibaut Courtois met on Tuesday at Real-Chelsea (1-1) and the two men briefly exchanged at the break on the Belgian goalkeeper’s stoppage against Timo Werner, one of the movie episodes of the match.
The Franco-Belgian friendship still exists, even in football, this is one of the lessons of the always eagerly awaited RMC Sport film of the Champions League maatch between Real Madrid and Chelsea. After being teammates, Olivier Giroud and Thibaut Courtois found themselves in the skin of opponents Tuesday in the semi-final first leg of the Champions League between Real Madrid and Chelsea (1-1). They even chatted briefly in the locker room before the second half resumed. In an exchange captured by the cameras of RMC Sport, the French striker congratulates the Belgian goalkeeper on his miraculous save against Timo Werner in the 10th minute of play.
“The parade on Timo! Pffff …”, launches Giroud in the direction of Courtois. The latter responds by mimicking the reflex of the leg he had to repel the strike of the German striker, yet alone in front of him in the 5.50m. “I just set foot like that,” smiles the Real keeper. “Incredible”, adds Giroud.
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The two players played together at Chelsea for six months between the arrival of the French in January 2018 and the departure of Courtois to Real Madrid the following summer. They found themselves in the semifinals of the World Cup, won by France against Belgium (1-0). An outcome that had provoked the bitterness of Courtois, one of the quickest to criticize the game of the France team.
A little less than three years later, the two found a subject that brought them together: Werner’s failure. Preferred to Giroud at the forefront of the English attack, the German multiplied the bad choices during the clash between Real and Chelsea, as evidenced by his failure against Courtois. The former player of RB Leipzig had yet found himself alone against the Belgian. But his timid strike was kicked back by the keeper as the goal was wide open for him, prompting another wave of taunts over his misses in the face. At least Giroud and Courtois don’t push it more than that.