Thibaut Courtois urges Chelsea to ‘stay positive’ despite defeat
Chelsea goalkeeper reminds his Blues team-mates that they're still top
Thibaut Courtois has urged Chelsea to “stay positive” despite their unbeaten run coming to an end at St James’s Park on Saturday.
Papiss Cisse scored twice after half-time to put the Magpies in control before Chelsea legend Didier Drogba halved the deficit to ensure a nervy finish.
Manchester City cut Chelsea’s lead to three points after beating Everton in Saturday’s late kick-off, but Courtois was staying upbeat despite the loss.
“Obviously we are disappointed with the result. We tried our best to win this game, and it was a hard game. We were a little bit unlucky,” Courtois told Chelsea’s website.
“At 2-0, it’s harder. We tried to fight back, we scored to make it 2-1, but then the ball wouldn’t fall right for us and we couldn’t draw this game and maybe then win it, so obviously we are disappointed.
“But we will work hard again tomorrow in training to win the following games. Everybody worked hard and gave it all on the pitch to win this game, but we know here it is difficult and we went down against them.
“It was a hard game, but we have to stay positive. We are still leaders, but we know these games to be champions you have to win, so from the next game on, we will try our best to win all the games if possible.”