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Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois, speaking after the last win over Huddersfield Town, believes against Southampton “will be a tough game” next Saturday.

The Belgian star added: “Southampton drew against Arsenal and it’s always difficult against them home or away, we have to be careful because these are the games we have to win if we want to stay near the top and try to close the gap on Man City. Obviously we are far away but we want to keep on pushing and if we can’t catch them we want to finish second”.

“It was very good that we showed from the start we wanted to win against Huddersfield and that’s the mentality we need in every game”.

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Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois has confirmed he could consider to leave the West London side for family reasons. The Belgian star, who enjoyed a successful three-year spell at La Liga giants Atletico Madrid, has expressed his desire to move to Spain again ‘in some years’.

Speaking to Spanish station LaSexta, Courtois said: “Everybody knows that due to my personal situation, Spain attracts me. If it is not now, it will be in some years.”

Real Madrid are expected to be keen on the goalkeeper, who currently earns a £100,000-a-week salary at Stamford Bridge, with negotiations over a contract extension still ongoing.

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The Premier League big match of this fixture 13 at Anfield ends 1-1: if Simon Mignolet was the the hero of the first half Willian and Thibaut Courtois were the ones of the second part, with the first one equalising with only five minutes to go and the second one making a miracle on Mo Salah at 91′, it would have been probably the winner for the Reds.

Chelsea were less brilliant in the second half respect to the first one and Liverpool were more in control of the game, the Blues weren’t dangerous until 80′, with Alonso missing a clear chance in front of Mignolet: until then Liverpool had deserved to be 1-0 up, with Salah scoring after a super play by Coutinho and Oxlade-Chamberlain. The Egyptian didn’t celebrate in sign of respect for his former team.

As we reported before the Blues were better in the first part of the game when they created three dangerous chances and Mignolet saved all of them being superb on Hazard and Drinkwater and deflecting in corner on Zappacosta.

Mo Salah trashed the only clear chance Liverpool had in the the first part when he shot wide alone in front of Courtois right before half-time.

Fabregas was surprisingly left on the bench by Conte in this important clash but it was when the Spaniard entered after Salah’s goal that the Blues started to improve their playing in the second half.

David Luiz was benched again by the Italian boss and now the situation is every day worse for the Brazilian defender, set to left Stamford Bridge after falling out with Conte.

With this important draw, and thanks to Spurs’ 1-1 at home with WBA, Chelsea maintain the third place in the Premier League table with 26 points behind Manchester ( 29) and Manchester City ( 34): Citizens still have to play against Huddersfield Town away, tomorrow afternoon, and can increase their gap oh the chasers.

 

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Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois has confirmed their desire to bounce back from last disappointing defeat suffered against AS Roma last night in the Champions League Group C.

The Blues face Manchester United in Premier League on Sunday evening, and the Belgian star is confident ahead of this massive game: “We have to fight back against Manchester United” he said.

“It is hard to say what the problem is, this season every game is a hard game. We have to find that balance again and rediscover that mentality of not conceding goals and keeping clean sheets”.

Courtois suffered 3 goals against AS Roma again, following the 3-3 draw at Stamford Bridge: “Sometimes last season I had nothing to do in a game, sometimes I’d have one save to make – he added – We have to react on Sunday as this was a bad image of ourselves”.

 

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Chelsea will be facing Everton in the fourth round of the Carabao Cup tomorrow. The Toffees are struggling with points in Premier League and Ronald Koeman was sacked yesterday, as we reported earlier.

And Blues’ goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois admits his side wants to lift the trophy despite some injury concerns: “It’s a cup, and with any cup you want to win it, you want to go far. – he said – With injuries, maybe we don’t have the possibility to rotate a lot so we will have to see what team the manager puts out, but I don’t think it’s a moment to relax.

“It’s a different kind of pressure than the Champions League, where we are doing well and we want to stay top of the group. In the Premier League we have to fight to keep on winning games and the Carabao Cup is something else, so we must try to do our best and go far”.

David Unsworth is the current manager in charge at Goodison Park after Koeman’s sacking: “Everton have been struggling at the moment. – Courtois added – I don’t think they are playing badly but they have conceded some sloppy goals, and other teams have had more luck, but the Premier League is hard. This is another competition, though, and they will be ready to win it”.

Chelsea won a crucial game against Watford last time out, despite the performance did not satisfy the media despite manager Antonio Conte insisted the squad is on the right path:  “When a top team has a few bad results the first thing they [the media] try to say is that the players are not happy and we’re not behind the coach, but against Watford you saw we fought for every moment and we fought when we were down, so everybody can see we’re behind the coach” he added.

“Those rumours are easy to spread but I don’t think they are true. – Courtois ended – If somebody is unhappy, instead of going to the press I think they would say it internally, so it’s not true. First of all, it’s the players that have to do it on the pitch so it was important to win, to fight. At the moment it’s more running, fighting and battling for every ball than maybe the best football”.

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After the important Premier League win on Saturday at Stamford Bridge vs Watford,  Thibaut Courtois admits this was the first step to avoid Antonio Conte will suffer the same “fate” as José Mourinho who was sacked by Chelsea few months after winning the Premier League title.

We are ready to fight for the coach,” – Courtois told the Evening Standard .  – I remember what happened two years ago under Jose Mourinho and things started to be said, there were stories about the dressing room without knowing what was happening. In 2015 we wanted to fight as well but the game didn’t turn out well for us, there was too much bad luck. Sometimes different things happened. But we are showing we want to fight again now, firstly as a group of players. We want to win games. Some of us remember what happened two years ago and we don’t want the same thing to happen.”

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Thibaut Courtois gave his thoughts following Chelsea‘s disappointing defeat against Crystal Palace and ahead of next Champions League clash against AS Roma on Wednesday night.

“We had some injuries, we missed some important players but that doesn’t explain everything – Courtois admitted – We weren’t intense enough. Not at our best level. Call it an off day”.

“We just have to keep on working. We have an important game on Wednesday against AS Roma and some important ones after too. The international break is no excuse. We wanted to win against Palace to stay in touch with the top teams. We have to make sure we start our next games better than we did on Saturday”.

Chelsea earned two wins from two games in the competition, after beating Qarabag at home and Atletico Madrid at the Wanda Metropolitano.

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It was the first Premier League game after the international break, some key players were out injured, but Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois recognises these are not reasons to explain or justify the Blues defeat at Crystal Palace on Saturday.

“The international break is no excuse. We had some injuries, we missed some important players, but that doesn’t explain everything.” – Courtois said – “We lacked intensity and also our way of football. They started well. The first goal  was just bad luck. A ball that bounced from a knee. It was probably just what they needed to get the match in their hands, but we just haven’t played our game. We just have to keep on working. We have an important game on Wednesday against Roma and some important ones after too. We wanted to win against Palace to stay in touch with the top teams in the table. We have to make sure that we start our next games better than we did at Palace.”

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According to rumours coming from Spain Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois put new deal’s negotiations with the Blues on hold because he’s considering a move to Real Madrid.

Merengues’ first-choice signing would be Manchester United’s David De Gea, Courtois has reportedly been identified as the ideal alternative, with Zinedine Zidane reportedly huge fan of the Belgian keeper.

This is the main reason why Courtois is currently refusing to put pen on paper on a new Chelsea deal, with the current one expiring in 2019.

It would be a return to the Spanish capital for the Belgian player, as he already played three seasons in Atletico Madrid on loan from Chelsea, from 2011 to 2014.

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Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois spoke ahead of upcoming Champions League clash against Atletico Madrid, which is set for tonight (7.45PM BST) at the Wanda Metropolitano.

The Belgium international spent three successful seasons at the La Liga giants on loan from Chelsea before coming back to Stamford Bridge in 2014.

“I remember I was at the presentation of the new stadium when they first revealed it – Courtois revealed, when asked about new Atleti‘s stadium – I went there to see the place when they only had one stand and they were doing the groundwork. It will be nice to see it. Obviously different from going to the Calderon but they needed a new stadium and I think it will help Atletico to grow even more as a top club”.

““There are a lot of people there so close to my heart that work there and play there. It will be special for me to go back but only this time I hope we win. It will be a very nice evening for me, but I am very hungry and focused to get three points there.”

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