Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois put in a nightmare display in his side’s 3-0 defeat against Barcelona in the second leg of their Champions League last 16 tie at the Camp Nou on Wednesday night, and Blues fans already know who they want the club to sign this summer to replace the Belgian.
Having drawn 1-1 at Stamford Bridge in the first leg, Antonio Conte would have wanted his side to keep things tight early on against the La Liga leaders, but it didn’t happen as Lionel Messi scored through the legs of Courtois, who has come under criticism from his own fans this season, in the third minute from a tight angle.
Ousmane Dembele doubled the hosts’ lead before Messi once again found the net by shooting through the 6ft 6in stopper’s legs, as the west London outfit exited the competition with a bit of a whimper.
Meanwhile, Roma goalkeeper Alisson had advanced to the quarter-finals the previous night with a clean sheet in his side’s 1-0 win against Shakhtar Donetsk, and the 25-year-old is one of the most highly-rated keepers in European football right now.
Chelsea supporters have been quick to have their say on Courtois and the Brazilian via social media, and while one said “bin Courtois, get Allison”, another said “sell Courtois, buy Alisson”.
Here is just a selection of the Twitter reaction…
Chelsea fans want Courtois to leave and be replaced by Alisson Becker
— Maxwell Degolo (@MaxwellDegolo) March 15, 2018
Let's loan Courtois to Vitesse and get Alisson. Maybe he'll learn to shut up there.
— Alágbàdo (@PhxAkin) March 14, 2018
Chelsea could actually have a pretty decent lineup if they wisely spend €200M:
Azpi, Christensen, Rüdiger;
Meunier, Fred, Kanté, Alonso;
Willian, Dzeko, Hazard.
Conte's tactics aren't to blame for CL exit, Courtois and Cesc were just so, so, so sub-par. https://t.co/ocHzVWvGSo
— Seleção Brasileira (@BrazilStat) March 14, 2018
Big changes needed over the course of next season.
Personally would like to at least see:
Courtois > Alisson
Cahill > Ampadu^
Zappacosta & Moses > Henrichs & D. Sterling^
Fabregas > Fred/Meyer
Pedro > Bailey
Another striker, unsure who.
If Hazard were to leave… God knows.
— Jack S. (@Tedescology) March 14, 2018
Too old. Just go for Roma's Alisson. Drop Courtois at Madrid
— k.Ankomah (@hudson_odoi14) March 14, 2018
Courtois can absolutely do one if he's stalling the contract and dropping a performance like that.
Bring on Alisson.
— pozzy (@ABeeShakeG) March 14, 2018
Bin Courtois get Alisson
— Ryan (@TheKanteRxle) March 14, 2018
Sell Courtois, buy Alisson
— bench gary cahill (@Frediot) March 14, 2018