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Courtois: Europa League the best birthday present

12 May 2012 15:58

Chelsea-owned goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois has spoken of his delight after winning the Europa League with loan club Atletico Madrid.

Diego Simeone's men beat fellow Spaniards Athletic Bilbao 3-0 in the final in Bucharest on Wednesday, and the young Belgian was thrilled with his team's success.

Courtois said he never dreamed of lifting the Europa League title at the start of the season, but is over the moon with the achievement.

"I knew that Atletico were a great team, but I never thought I would end my first season as a champion," he told AS.

"I'm happy to have done this so young. In addition, yesterday I turned 20 and this is the best gift I've ever received.

"I am very happy for the players, the coaching staff and especially the fans.

Courtois is keen to extend his time at the Vicente Calderon for another campaign.

"I want to play another year here, and then we'll see. I really want to stay here and it will be good for Chelsea for me to play another season at Atletico," he said.

"I feel that my team-mates, coaches, everyone wants me to stay another season. This makes me proud. They are like a family."

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Competition
UEFA Europa League
Date
9 May 2012
Kick-off
20:45
Half-time
2 - 0
Full-time
3 - 0
Venue
Arena Naţională (Bucureşti)
Attendance
52347

Goals

R. Falcao 7'
(assist by Diego) 
1 - 0
R. Falcao 34'
(assist by A. Turan) 
2 - 0
Diego 85'  
3 - 0

Lineups

# Player Bookings
13
23
20
6
2
22 85'
14
4
11
7
9 7' 26' 34'
Coach: D. Simeone
# Player Bookings
1
15
5 64'
3
24
14 90+1'
8
21 22'
9
19
10
Coach: M. Bielsa

Substitutes

# Player Bookings
8
18
19
3
12
25
41
# Player Bookings
17 75'
28
2
6
11
13
23

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