Chelsea star Thibaut Courtois slammed on social media after horror show in Barcelona demolition, as stats show he's the worst English goalkeeper in the Champions League this season

The Blues went down 3-0 to a Lionel Messi-inspired Barca to crash out of the Champions League at the last-16 stage.

In fact, Chelsea were 1-0 down after just two minutes, as Messi nutmegged Courtois from a tight angle.

From there, errors from Cesc Fabregas and Cesar Azpilicueta led to more Blues misery and more Messi mastery.

But one man above all copped the lion's share of the flak… Belgian stopper Courtois.

The 53-cap Belgium international, 25, was subject to a host of cruel memes on social media, mostly focusing on his inability to keep his legs together.



However, the stats suggest disgruntled Chelsea fans are within their rights to criticise Courtois.

In fact, of all English goalkeepers in the Champions League, the Blues star is the WORST.


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According to expected goals data from Opta, Courtois ranks dead-last of all seven Premier League goalkeepers in Europe's elite competition.

Incredibly, Courtois has a goals prevented score of -3.6 – meaning he has conceded 3.6 goals more than he should have at this stage.


What is 'expected goals' and 'prevented goals' data?

Using expected goals data, goals prevented is defined as “given the quality of shots a keeper faces and where they were placed in the goal, goals prevented calculates how many more or fewer goals the keeper conceded than expected.”

Therefore, Courtois should have saved 3.6 goals more than he did, suggesting he was at fault for 3.6 of the goals conceded by Chelsea this season in the Champions League.

All-in-all, Courtois shipping 12 goals, miles ahead of second-worst Hugo Lloris (8) and third-placed Loris Karius (6).

 



Compared to David De Gea for example that tally is woeful, with the Manchester United ace's goals prevented tally at a far superior 4.3.

Only two Prem goalkeepers in the Champions League have a goals prevented tally of below zero – Courtois and Man City's second-choice stopper, Claudio Bravo (-0.9).

Meanwhile, Sergio Romero (0.2), Loris Karius (0.3), Hugo Lloris (3.0) and Ederson (4.1) all sit above the all-important par tally.

Of all seven stoppers, Courtois even conceded easily the most goals with 12, streets ahead of second-placed Lloris (8) and third-placed Karius (6).

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