Courtois backs Lukaku to bounce back at Chelsea


Real Madrid goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois said on Tuesday (5/4) that Romelu Lukaku’s lack of playing time at Chelsea was odd even though he admitted his Belgian teammate would shine under Thomas Tuchel.

Lukaku was left out of the list of Chelsa’s mainstay players this season. He even threatened not to play in the first leg of the Champions League quarter-final between the Blues and Real Madrid on Thursday (7/4) at WIB, with Tuchel preferring to field Kai Harvetz.

“I know Romelu is a great striker. It’s a bit strange to see him rarely played,” Courtois told his pre-match press conference.

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“He is a very quality player. He scores goals easily.”

“However, there are other strikers at Chelsea. I understand when you win, the manager decides to use the same players.”

“Even so, I believe he can recover. Sometimes, you need time to adapt. I experienced the same thing in my first season at Real Madrid. It was not easy but I believe he can get through it,” he concluded. (AFP/OL-1)