In what looks to be the final word on the issue, Jose Mourinho has basically confirmed what we had suspected and assumed for some time.
Thibaut Courtois will be in the Atlético Madrid goal on Tuesday and presumably next week as well to face his parent club. This could get interesting.
Jose on Courtois: 'You have to accept UEFA's decision, they decide and manager's don't comment.' #CFC— Chelsea FC (@chelseafc) April 21, 2014
Mourinho on Courtois: "UEFA decisions... It is better not to comment. You just accept or if you don't accept, we don't make comments."— James Olley (@JamesOlley) April 21, 2014
Unsurprisingly, Mourinho appeared to be in a surly mood as he faced an overcrowded roomful of Spanish and English journalists. He shirked questions about Rui Faria and anything to do with the Premier League title race. Nor did he want to delve any further into the Courtois situation.
Mourinho asked about Courtois: "I don't speak about players from other teams."— Miguel Delaney (@MiguelDelaney) April 21, 2014
On a final related note, with Eto'o not traveling, it looks like the job of trying to get one past the best (young) goalkeeper in the world will fall to home town kid Fernando Torres.
Mourinho unusually positive about Torres, 'a fantastic professional' who 'never hides'. Perhaps Fernando will get a start tomorrow ...— Sam Wallace (@SamWallaceIndy) April 21, 2014
Good luck to us all.