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Thibaut Courtois helped Chelsea to secure three points at Sunderland last night with a couple of stunning save, especially one in the very last minute of the injury time.

The Blues number one was ofter criticised by the fans in the past year for some comments that gave the impression he wasn’t fully commit to Chelsea, but the Belgian keeper wanted to make things clear after the win against the Black Cats:

“I think sometimes my comments didn’t come out the way I meant.

“I can understand they [the Chelsea fans] were frustrated, but I never meant it that way. 

“They can clearly see that I am fully committed to this club, I want to win games and to win trophies for this club. I will do my very best for Chelsea.”

The Blues supporters will surely appreciate these words, that then was asked about his saves, Courtois added:

“It was good that I went to warm up again at half-time just to have that feeling of the ball again, to keep warm. The Januzaj save was only two or three minutes into the second half and I was ready for it. The last save [from Van Aanholt] was a huge one because I had to take it a bit behind my body.”

“It’s good that our title rivals would have come back into the dressing room having won, Liverpool for example, and will have been thinking, ‘Damn, Chelsea won as well.’ That’s a good thing for us.

“On Saturday we are the first team to play [at Crystal Palace], so we have to show that we can get three points and then the others are under pressure to win as well.”

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Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois spoke after his side’s home win over West Bromwich Albion in a tough game, which was decided by Diego Costa‘s goal in the second half.

The Belgium international goalkeeper told the club’s official website: “I remember the year we were champions with Atletico he was very strong, and the year we were champions with Chelsea he was very strong as well,”

“This season up to now he has scored very important goals. He’s really strong on the ball as well and he dribbles past defenders like it’s nothing, so he’s very strong at the moment and we can only enjoy that and use him as our strength”.

“It was a rough time for all the team last year but from January or February Diego was already scoring a lot of goals, and he has just carried that form on.”

Chelsea maintain the leadership following the last home victory at Stamford Bridge: “We are very happy with the points. We had to be patient with our work”.

“I spoke after the game with Nacer Chadli and he said: ‘what can we do against a Chelsea who plays so well offensively? Put a good organisation out there and defend well’. That’s what they did and it was really hard to find a gap”.

“The goal came from a little mistake by their defender and Diego scored fantastically. Then they put all their power up with Chadli, Robson-Kanu, Rondon who is so strong in the air, so it was a tough game for us but a very good three points”.

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Former Chelsea and WBA goalkeeper Tony Godden spoke to the Blues official website ahead of tomorrow’s clash at Stamford Bridge, where the teams will face each other:

West Brom are doing well and I am glad they stuck with Tony Pulis,”

“He is a very thorough and knowledgeable man and a good coach.

Speaking about the two keeper he stated:

 “Thibaut Courtois and Ben Foster are excellent. They make saves.

“You hear managers saying they want keepers who can control a ball and pass 30 yards and it makes me smile because my question is can he make saves, because that is how he is going to win you a game.

“These two are keepers that win points for their clubs.”

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Slaven Bilic is looking for a new goalkeeper and targeted Chelsea’s Asmir Begovic.

The West Ham manager already dropped Adrian after the Spanish keeper committed some silly errors and still not convinced by Darren Randolph.

The Croatian coach would like to bring the Blues player to East London already in January.

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Chelsea loanee Jamal Blackman told the club’s official website he’s enjoying his loan spell at Wycombe Wanderers in the League Two.

“It’s a demanding league, – the 23-year-old claimed – you have a lot of balls getting put into the box and a lot of battles going on so it’s good to be really physical and to handle the men’s game. I’m obviously a big guy so it helps being able to come for crosses and to be physical in the box”.

“When you first go to a team you need to show what you can do, have confidence in your team and make sure they have confidence in you. When I came to Wycombe everyone was really welcoming. The manager had a lot of faith in me and told me just to play my game and said I had come for a reason”.

Then Blackman added: “We’re doing really well at the moment, we’re on a good run, and everyone’s in a very good place”. 

About the relationship with Wycombe’s defence, he added: “It’s got really strong. We are able to rely on each other and we have got used to playing with each other. We know each other’s strengths and weaknesses and it’s great being able to trust the two in front of me and the full-backs as well. It’s important everyone is on the same wavelength”.

“We’ve had ups and downs. At the beginning of the season we weren’t on the best run, we had a lot of injuries, but the team strengthened again which was really important”.

He ended: “We hadn’t been winning too many games away and then we won at Cambridge a couple of weeks ago which was a hard game. We were leading 1-0, then it went to 1-1 late on and I had quite a few saves to make in that game. To then win 2-1 in the last minute was one of the best feelings after so much hard work and battling. That was one of my standout moments so far”.

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Real Madrid are keen on Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois: the Champions of Europe have been looking for a new “number one” for a couple of years, after Iker Casillas left to end his career at Porto.

The Spanish side are looking for a player to replace Keylor Navas, that is not considered good enough for the team despite being the goalkeeper of “La Undecima” and after failing to sign David De Gea from Manchester United eighteen months ago, the Red Devils and José Mourinho told them they have not intention to let the Spaniard leave to join them in the next transfer windows.

So if FIFA will withdraw the transfer ban imposed on the La Liga giants for the next two transfer windows, they will ty to sign the Blues keeper, who has been impressing first at Atletico Madrid and then at Stamford Bridge.

But Chelsea are not really keen to let Courtois go, unless a huge offer would come from Spain, and with Real Madrid everything is possible.

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Thibaut Courtois revealed what is Antonio Conte’s secret to make his team perform at this incredible level.

Chelsea obtained seven wins in the last seven games, in six of which they maintained a clean sheet and have been top of the league for two fixtures:

“The saves I made today were not too hard. We found strength inside the team and the changes of the manager helped us win the game,” the Belgian goalkeeper said after the game.

He then went on explaining how Conte’s passion is helping them to keep this kind of performances:

“He’s like that every session. When we do tactics he’s very passionate and demands. He keeps the team sharp.”


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Chelsea goalkeeper Eduardo has revealed where does he see himself at the end of career as a football player after joining the Blues last summer.

The Portuguese international the club’s official website: “We always go back to Portugal when we can because it’s fast, so when we have time off we try. The first time I left was to visit my brothers in Luxembourg when I was young. They lived and worked there”.

“I think I’ll live in Portugal [at the end of professional career]. My family is there, we are from there and I have lived for so many years outside of Portugal. It would be nice to come back home but you never know in life. Even after football we could work in other countries or schools, coaching”.

Then Eduardo ended: “It’s like our professional life, you never know. I want to stay connected to football after I retire teaching kids in my specific area so I don’t know when or where the opportunity will come, but if it’s in Portugal or outside, it doesn’t matter. What’s important is that we are happy with our life”. 

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Chelsea are still keeping tabs on AC Milan goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma as they looks set to offer him a huge contract in order to land the 17-year-old to the Premier League, according to Mediaset Premium.

Thibaut Courtois is currently impressing at Stamford Bridge but could reportedly move back to his former club Atletico Madrid.

It has been reported that Chelsea manager Antonio Conte wants to bring in the Italian star next summer.



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