All eyes were on Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois after his defining moment in Sunday’s Community Shield defeat to Arsenal.
The match ended 1-1 in normal time, with Sead Kolasinac cancelling out Victor Moses’s opener shortly after Pedro was sent off for a reckless tackle on Mohamed Elneny.
A penalty shootout adopting the new ABBA method was required to decide the winner.
When Arsenal were at a 2-1 advantage, rather than select a Chelsea outfield player, Courtois was called upon to draw level.
The bizarre choice did not pay off, as the Belgian skyrocketed the ball over Petr Cech’s bar.
Matters were made worse for Chelsea when summer signing Alvaro Morata dragged his spot-kick wide, and it was left to Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Olivier Giroud to get the job done for Arsenal.
The disappointment was etched onto Courtois’s face after the match, and he later took to social media to explain his misery to the fans.
Fortunately for him, the supporters were in a forgiving mood.
Don't worry about it fella, we lost because of the ref, not because of you
— Greenaway (@greenaway56) August 6, 2017
Don't be hard on yourself man we love you no matter what, at least you care about your club💙
— The Blues (@TheBlues___) August 6, 2017
Win or lose we will always be with you
— Kaustubh Rane (@KaustubhraneR) August 6, 2017
stay strong TBo !!! come back as stronger … it was just like friendly ..no one care !!! work hard and come back stronger Lad
— i आलु (@AbAnil11) August 6, 2017
Keep your chin up mate, you were fantastic. Kept us right in it.
— BK (@SimpIyEden) August 6, 2017
— alwuni25 (@alwuni25) August 6, 2017
No problem mate
U saved many during the game
Keep working 💙😘
— RANVEER (@ranveerpol6161) August 6, 2017
well done for taking responsibility? Class tweet 👏
— martello (@Don_conte17) August 6, 2017
Never say sorry for a mistake. We are lucky to have you in the team. Lets turn the page
— Chelsea FC | Español (@ChelseaEspanol) August 6, 2017