But with Alisson being snapped up by Liverpool and Kepa staying put at Athletic Bilbao for the time being, Real only had a few days to make an official bid for Courtois while Chelsea remained reluctant to sell one of the best goalkeepers in the world. While players have come and gone from Chelsea, none have arguably been as hated as Courtois in recent memory. Courtois put in a solid performance to help Atletico win 3-1 over two legs to book Diego Simeone’s side in the final against rivals Real. This qualification campaign has been a breakthrough one for the Everton forward, who made her debut in the final match against Croatia from the bench. Chiesa celebrates scoring against Spain in Tuesday’s semi-final – but will he play the final? The nippy forward has achieved multiple Ligue 1 titles with PSG, a Champions League semi-final with AS Monaco and a World Cup victory with the French national side, making Mbappe well-equipped to perform at the Euros this summer. The Premier League has strong teams,’ Oblak told Guillem Balague. Prising him away from Wanda Metropolitano may prove difficult, however, with Oblak still having two years left on his contract.
Let’s see. I’m still young. Not so young anymore, but I still have some years in front of me. Kobe Bryant is still relatively youthful for a professional basketball player who isn’t one of the ‘big men’ of the game, the seven-footers whose bodies just start to fail them because of their sheer volume. MADRID – Veteran striker David Villa was summoned by Spain on Friday for the first time since the 2014 World Cup, and became the first Major League Soccer player to join the national squad. When asked about the Belgian’s performance after the game, Mourinho only referred to Courtois as ‘the Atletico goalkeeper’, creating friction before even becoming a first-team player at the Bridge. Courtois’ main justification for leaving and returning to Spain was to be closer to his children, after his split from girlfriend Marta Dominguez in 2017 saw her return to the Spanish capital with his two children. Now, ahead of his somewhat awkward return to SW6, he may be counting his lucky stars that there will be no furious Chelsea fans in attendance – especially if he manages to dump the Blues out at the semi-final stage again seven years after doing it for the red and white side of Madrid.
SOCCER – An aircraft chartered by Leeds United to return home from London is forced to land moments after takeoff from London Stansted Airport when the starboard engine exploded into flames. I wish there was public at Stamford Bridge because there was a lot of happy moments I had there. There was plenty at stake in the PGA Tour postseason. He would have stayed, there is no reason to leave a club like Chelsea, he could have won trophies. Then, during his next five seasons in west London, Courtois would go on to win four trophies – an FA Cup, League Cup and two Premier League winners’ medals. Having got off on the wrong foot, Courtois eventually returned to Chelsea in the summer of 2014 and made the No 1 jersey his own after Petr Cech completed a move to Arsenal a year later. There has been a misunderstanding that he wanted to get a move for the wrong reasons, but he was pushing to go out of Chelsea because of his children. A quick search on Twitter of ‘Courtois’ followed by the word ‘snake’ will just show how much animosity there is on the Chelsea fans’ side towards their former No 1. And he angered them further last month when he discovered he would be returning to his former stomping ground on May 5. That he would’ve preferred to have had fans inside the ground for the second leg.
Despite his time at Chelsea being recognised as a success, there was always question marks over his commitment to the club. Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab will be deputizing on his behalf where necessary after being asked by the prime minister. He “will not be immediately returning to work” based on “the advice from his medical team,” the prime minister’s office said in a statement. A country-wide lockdown will begin in Israel on Tuesday until April 10. Also, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu imposed a 6 p.m. You never know what will happen in the future. Let’s see what the future will bring. Will need to morph into the man that became a rock for Wolves for so long to establish himself at right-back. It doesn’t matter if it’s the Premier League, Italian league, Spanish league, wherever you go you need to do what the coach is asking you to do. Maybe the strongest. But I think in the end it is what the coach is asking of you. The same report says that Oblak features on a shortlist compiled by United – although any swoop would be a surprise with both David de Gea and Dean Henderson already jostling for the first-choice jersey.