Thibaus Courtois believes Chelsea will be ready for the Community Shield against Arsenal on Sunday after the final game in their US tour ended in a 2-2 draw with Barcelona.
Courtois, who made good saves in regular time, and in the subsequent penalty shoot-out which Chelsea won 4-2, spoke after game.
“The first half was good, we played well but the second half was more difficult. It was difficult to close the gaps and they (Barcelona) were lucky to score twice, but then we came back and with the penalties we win again. It’s good we are shooting that well as we might need it at later stages of the season.”
Courtois voiced his approval at playing such high profile teams in pre-season, Chelsea also beat PSG on penalties last week.
“Barcelona are a very strong team, and we always play against quality teams, just like PSG and so for us it means we will be ready to play Arsenal on Sunday.”
Barcelona’s fist goal was the source of some controversy as it did not appear to cross the line.
“I think in England the referee’s whistle would say no goal,” Courtois said.
“But I can understand the linesman had to come from far away and I don’t think he could see. For me it didn’t cross but that is the decision of them and maybe I am wrong. I don’t think it was a goal, but no problem.”
Chelsea traveled back to London straight away and Courtois is confident the momentum gained from two wins will be to their benefit on Sunday.
“We use these days now to prepare, and of course it is the first trophy of the season and we want to win it as much as Arsenal. They have started very well as well and it will be a very good game. We hope we win.