Thibaut Courtois' blunder that gifted Man City a goal

Being a goalkeeper is tough. You can perform all the heroics you like but one mistake and either your confidence or your reputation are in ruins afterwards.

However, the best goalkeepers are able to bounce back quickly and recover as though nothing had ever happened, and unfortunately for Chelsea stopper Thibaut Courtois, he will have to do just that.

With the Blues lining up against Manchester City, it is usually the man in between the sticks for the visitors who is under the most scrutiny with both Claudio Bravo and Willy Caballero struggling for form over the course of the season.

Antonio Conte’s men looked as though they were going to make light work of the visitors, though, with Eden Hazard giving them the lead after just 10 minutes following some good work down the right hand side being capped off by the Belgian forward.

But just 15 minutes later, Hazard’s compatriot had his head in his hands when he gifted the visitors with a way back into the game.

With the ball at his feet, Courtois looked to go neither short nor long with his clearance, but instead of finding one of his own men, he gave it straight to David Silva, who was lurking just 20 yards away.

The Spaniard brought the ball forward into the box, exploiting the gap in between the defenders and unleashed a stinging right-footed shot that went straight at the keeper.

However, instead of parrying away to safety, Courtois could only guide it into the path of the onrushing Sergio Aguero, who tucked the ball away from just outside the six yard box.

Ouch, what was he thinking with that clearance?

Luckily for him, Hazard spared his blushes 10 minutes later by tucking away a rebounded penalty that Will Caballero managed to get his fingers to.

With rumours of Real Madrid’s interest in his signature refusing to go away, Courtois will need to do better than that as they will no doubt be alerted to his scruffy footwork.

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