‘Buying Tuchel a beer for this’: Chelsea fans share clip of boss appearing to snub ex-Blues keeper Thibaut Courtois at end of Champions League semi-final tie – just weeks after claims he told Porto boss to ‘f*** off’ in another full-time handshake incident
- Chelsea earned 1-1 draw against Real Madrid in Champions League semi first leg
- At full-time, boss Thomas Tuchel appeared to snub Thibaut Courtois’ handshake
- Courtois isn’t held in high regard by Blues fans after forcing move to Real in 2018
- Tuchel was accused of post-match antics against Porto in previous round, too
Thomas Tuchel endeared himself to Chelsea fans on Tuesday night after appearing to snub Thibaut Courtois’ attempt at a post-match handshake.
The Blues travelled to Madrid for their Champions League semi-final, coming away with an impressive 1-1 draw to leave them in a strong position going into next week’s return leg at Stamford Bridge.
But it wasn’t just the on-field performance that left Chelsea fans praising Tuchel – with his post-match actions also receiving attention.
Thibaut Courtois attempted to shake Thomas Tuchel’s hand at the end of the game on Tuesday
Tuchel blanked the former Chelsea keeper though, instead making a bee-line for his own men
Courtois played for Chelsea for seven years but then forced through a move to Real Madrid
Instead of shaking hands with Courtois, Tuchel focused on congratulating his own players
As the players walked off the pitch, Tuchel came on to shake hands and congratulate his players, but in the process appeared to ignore the outstretched arm of ex-Chelsea keeper Courtois.
While the Belgian goalkeeper holds out a hand to Tuchel, the manager instead lets it brush off him as he heads straight to Antonio Rudiger and his own players.
Courtois isn’t held in high esteem by Blues fans these days, after he refused to return to training in the summer of 2018 in a bid to force through a move to Real Madrid.
It is unclear whether the snub was deliberate on Tuchel’s part, but fans certainly enjoyed the clip as it went viral on Twitter.
It is not the first time Tuchel has raised eyebrows with his post-match antics, with the German manager also having a spat with Porto in the quarter-finals.
According to the Portuguese publication Record, Tuchel told Porto boss Sergio Conceicao to ‘f*** off’, sparking ugly scenes at full-time.
Sergio Conceicao (left) accused Chelsea boss Tuchel (right) of insulting him in the last round
According to reports in Portugal, the German told his counterpart to ‘f*** off’ at full-time
Defender Pepe took issue with the Chelsea head coach after having heard the allegations
In the aftermath, the claims were strenuously denied by the Blues and branded ‘complete nonsense’, while Tuchel attempted to downplay the situation when he was asked about it after the game.
‘It was just a little argument with me and their coach, and everybody was following me suddenly,’ he said. ‘No harm done.’
Taking to Twitter to discuss his latest post-match incident, @CFCInAmerica wrote: ‘Buying Tuchel a beer for this one,’ while @CFCPys said: ‘LOOOOOOOOOOL I love Tuchel.’