Thibaut Courtois Missing As Chelsea Return To Training After Keeper Is Mocked For His Barcelona Battering

Thibaut Courtois took a break from the stick and from between the sticks.

The under-fire keeper was missing when Chelsea were snapped back in training the day after their battering in Barcelona.

The Belgium superstar was the No 1 target after Blue murder at the Nou Camp.

Chelsea lost 3-0 to lose their Champions League last-16 tie 4-1 on aggregate, mainly thanks to Lionel Messi’s double.

But Courtois was taunted on social media after Messi nutmegged him for Barca’s second-minute opener.

And Opta stats, based on goals that keepers are expected to prevent, rate Courtois as the worst Prem keeper in the Champions League this season.

His score of minus 3.6 means he has let in nearly four more goals than he should have.

Courtoius’ team-mates, though, looked too busy in training at their Cobham base to worry about their Euro exit.

And Blues’ boss Antonio Conte will already be more concerned with this Sunday’s FA Cup quarter-final trip to Leicester.

 

At the forefront of training on a sunny day in Surrey was Willian.

The Brazil midfielder, 29,  has been hailed by Chelsea legend Frank Lampard as good enough for “any team in the world”.

Willian, 29, was one of the few bright spots for the Blues over both legs against Barcelona.

And that might be a sobering thought for Chelsea playmaker Eden Hazard.

 Antonio Conte and his players focused on both fitness and training

Conte entered the return leg by speculating on Hazard potentially joining Messi and Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo in the world’s elite.

But on the night Messi was a marvel who stood alone.

 Chelsea must get motoring again in the Premier League after their Euro exit

 

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