Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois has surprisingly hit out at English referees after being the subject of criticism of late, reports the Express.
The Blues shot-stopper, who returned to Stamford Bridge after a lengthy loan spell at Liga outfit Atletico Madrid this past summer, was at fault for Manchester City's goal in the title showdown earlier this month, but the Belgian international has insisted that criticism is part of football.
However, he has hit out at match officials, even insisting that Gabby Agbonlahor stood on his feet in the club's clash with Aston Villa this past weekend.
The Chelsea ace told reporters: "Criticism is part of football, you just have to deal with it. Every keeper makes mistakes.
“But English referees should take goalkeepers more into account. You sometimes see really bad fouls which go unpunished.
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“That can mean things turning out badly for a keeper on any given day, as you get elbowed. That is no fun for sure.
“I know strikers in England put keepers under more pressure than elsewhere. But against Aston Villa on Saturday, Gabby Agbonlahor even stood on my feet.
“I think he wanted to put me out of the game when crosses came in, as people know I like to come out of my area. But it makes no difference to me, I’m going to carry on trying to catch the ball."
Courtois, then, will be hoping for greater protection this evening as his teammates prepare to take on Everton at Stamford Bridge.
Cuadrado supports Manchester United
New Chelsea signing Juan Cuadrado, meanwhile, is a Manchester United fan. As reported by the Mirror, the Colombian's former youth coach Deninson Rivas has admitted that the winger dreamed of playing for Manchester United.
Cuadrado, of course, could make his home debut for the club against the Toffees this evening after starring in a late cameo at Villa Park this past weekend.
Lewis Baker returns
Talented midfielder Lewis Baker has returned to Stamford Bridge following a loan spell at Sheffield Wednesday, reports Sky Sports.
It appears that Blues boss Jose Mourinho recalled Baker early, but it remains to be seen as to whether he's going to hand him a chance to shine in the club's first-team anytime soon.