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Thibaut Courtois feels Chelsea are facing Arsenal at the right time: a bad defeat against the Gunners in this period last year was the turning point for the Blues to rise again and start an incredible run with no defeats until January.

Now the Belgian keeper thinks it’s time to close the gap and target the top of the table:

“We are doing well. After the bad first half against Burnley, I think all our performances have been good. We have shown good spirit, good football and good wins most importantly of all.

“Do we feel like we are in a good place? Yes. Sometimes it is good to face a big team early. Last year it didn’t work out against Liverpool and Arsenal, but this season we have already won at Tottenham.

Arsenal had a few bad matches, but won comfortably (against Bournemouth) last weekend.

“It’s a big game because we are third. We want to close the gap (to Manchester United and City) and take points off Arsenal.”

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Antonio Conte is clearly not happy for the Community Shield result, but he defends is choice of Thibaut Courtois among the Blues penalty takers.

“It can happen”. – Conte told Fox Sports – Thibaut was one of our penalty takers and he has missed it. He can score or miss a penalty just like any other player on the pitch.”

The Italian manager, however, was more frustrated about Pedro being sending off in the second half: “It was a tough decision” – Conte continued – “I didn’t see the replay but it is the second time that we finished with one man down against Arsenal. We have to look forward and prepare ourselves for the start of the season.”

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Former Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech revealed why, in his opinion, Thibaut Courtois sent the ball above the cross-bar in the Community Shield penalty shootout at Wembley this afternoon.

The current Arsenal number one said about his ex team-mate:

Obviously we played together and we made a lot of challenges during the training session in the penalty shoot-outs so this is not usually where he shoots.

“So this is probably why he missed as normally he buries it in the top corner on the other side on the way I went so obviously maybe the fact we know each other and I know the players, maybe it made it more difficult for them.

“I hoped he was going to put it where I was going but obviously, you know…”

 

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Willy Caballero was the only Chelsea‘s new signing to experience the Asian pre-season tour from its start to its finish and he is very happy with this experience.

“It was a good pre-season tour,” – Caballero told Chelsea official website – “After a long career it is a new one, in this case with a manager from Italy so I was expecting training like that, and it was good. The way we work with Thibaut Courtois and Eduardo, it was fantastic. The way they gave me a very warm welcome, it was amazing and also the whole squad. Pre-season was good and it was what I was expecting”.

Except for one thing: “It was a surprise for me to have to sing! – Caballero continued – “That was a very good night but it was a little bit stressful because I wasn’t expecting something like that. It was funny and a new culture for me, although when you are in front of the players and the boss, close to you, it is not so funny! I sang a Spanish reggae tune.”

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Arsenal star Alexis Sanchez is a doubt for Community Shield clash against Chelsea: the Chile international had a prolonged break after featuring the Confederations Cup in June, that was even longer for an illness.

The Gunners forward is lacking in match fitness and could not be featuring in next Sunday’s derby.

Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois as a lot of respect for the Chilean player and hopes he doesn’t have to stop him during the game:

“Alexis is a guy with a lot of quality.

“If you see all the games from last season there is a lot of danger coming from him. He has a very strong shot, he is quick. He has the technique.

“He is important for them but Arsenal have a lot of players with quality. So they will miss him but I think they have a lot of players with that quality to replace him.

“I think they have bought a good new striker [Alexandre Lacazette].

“I’d prefer if he [Sanchez] doesn’t play because he is a good player! But we cannot only look to him.

“For example in the FA Cup Final [Arsenal beat Chelsea 2-1 last May] they missed some defenders and everybody thought they would be bad but Per Mertesacker played a great game that day.

“So you cannot look to the team as one player or another player. It will be a difficult game regardless but I hope for the same outcome as the friendly last week.”

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After the Asian pre-season tour, goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois believes Chelsea are on the right way to be competitive also this season in the Premier League.

There are, however, some aspects of the game which need to be improved by the Blues.

“I think the performance was okay,” – Courtois told Chelsea official website commenting the match vs Inter Milan – “In the first half both teams had a lot of possession. They had an early chance and I made a save but just before half-time the referee saw a penalty where there wasn’t one. Azpi played the ball, he might have brushed against the guy with his arm but I don’t think you can say it was a penalty. It was a pity because I saved it but then I was unlucky with the rebound. We didn’t start the second half well, I made a good save and as we were pushing for a goal they hit us on the counter attack. It was a bit like the Bayern game, with us conceding goals on the break so we need to work on that. ‘Some players like Antonio Rudiger only joined recently and he was away at the Confederations Cup with Germany. I don’t think he lost a lot of fitness but he might need a little bit more work, we will all be ready for the season though.”

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Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois spoke after the Blues’ defeat to Bayern Munich in Singapore yesterday.

Both Marcos Alonso and Michy Batshuayi both scored but it was not enough as Carlo Ancelotti’s men were able to secure a 3-2 win thanks to Rafinha and Thomas Muller, who scored a brace in the 1st half.

Courtois told Chelsea’s official website: “We didn’t start so well, I think that the first five minutes were okay but after that, they took over the game and had a lot space to do what they wanted and we couldn’t find a solution for that”.

“After conceding those three goals, we recovered and defended better in the second half and they didn’t have the chances like the ones they created in the first half”.

“I think our second half was better and we have to keep that level for our next game and improve against Inter Milan and finish our pre-season well”.

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After his agent has admitted that he speaks regularly with Real Madrid, it seems Thibaut Courtois is, at least at the moment, turning down Chelsea offers for a new contract.

The deal between the Blues and the Belgian goalkeeper will expire at the end of June 2019, but before signing a new contract Courtois is watching what is going on at Real Madrid, Manchester United and Psg.

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While Thibaut Courtois is discussing a new deal with Chelsea, his agent admits he is meeting Real Madrid representatives to speak about the Blues’ goalkeeper.

“Of course Thibaut is of interest to the big clubs, including the latest Champions League winner.” – Christophe Henrotay, Courtois’ agent told the magazine Sport/Foot – “I meet regularly with those in charge at Real Madrid, and Thibaut’s case has come up. My role is to keep him updated on the situation.”

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